Gamebreaker
Part 1 - An Introduction
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Overview of Gamebreaker Plus
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Gamebreaker Plus Set-up Requirements
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Registration of Gamebreaker Plus V10
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Gamebreaker Plus Preferences
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Capture ..............................................................................................................................................................................6
Movies ............................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Timelines ...........................................................................................................................................................................8
Overlay Text .....................................................................................................................................................................9
Communication ...........................................................................................................................................................11
Windows ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13
Apple Remote .............................................................................................................................................................. 14
Commando ................................................................................................................................................................... 14
Gamebreaker Plus Terms
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The Gamebreaker Plus Movie Controller
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Keyboard Shortcuts
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Launch Gamebreaker Plus
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Part 2 - Code
The Code Window
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Create a New Code Window ................................................................................................................................... 23
The Code Window Toolbar
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Code Window Opacity .............................................................................................................................................. 23
Capture ........................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Code ................................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Edit ................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Inspector........................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Button ............................................................................................................................................................................. 24
Keys ................................................................................................................................................................................. 25
Links ................................................................................................................................................................................ 25
Fonts................................................................................................................................................................................ 25
Settings .......................................................................................................................................................................... 25
Full Screen ..................................................................................................................................................................... 25
Code Button History .................................................................................................................................................. 25
Button Information Bar ............................................................................................................................................ 25
Gamebreaker Plus Button Types
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Code Button ................................................................................................................................................................ 26
Inactive Button ............................................................................................................................................................ 26
Edit Mode
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Create/Add New Button ........................................................................................................................................... 26
Create or Add a New Inactive Button .................................................................................................................. 26
Move a Button ............................................................................................................................................................ 26
Move a Group of Buttons......................................................................................................................................... 26
Duplicate a Button ......................................................................................................................................................27
Duplicate a Group of Buttons .................................................................................................................................27
Button Layers ................................................................................................................................................................27
Resize a Button .............................................................................................................................................................27
Edit a Button..................................................................................................................................................................27
Delete a Button .......................................................................................................................................................... 28
Select a Background for the Code Window ...................................................................................................... 28
The Inspector Panel
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Button Behaviour
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Button Type ................................................................................................................................................................. 29
Code ................................................................................................................................................................................ 29
Custom Lead Time ...................................................................................................................................................... 29
Lag Time......................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Re-activate Lag Time ................................................................................................................................................. 30
Populate Codes in Timeline .................................................................................................................................... 30
Customized Hotkeys.................................................................................................................................................. 30
Tool Tip ........................................................................................................................................................................... 30
Button Links
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Exclusive Links - Code Button to Code Button.................................................................................................31
Remove a Link...............................................................................................................................................................31
Button Appearance
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Use an Image as a Button Fill ................................................................................................................................. 32
Change A Button Color............................................................................................................................................. 32
Set or Change the Color of a Button Border ..................................................................................................... 32
Border Width ................................................................................................................................................................ 32
Lock a Button Position ............................................................................................................................................. 32
Show Identifiers .......................................................................................................................................................... 32
Wrap Text ....................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Display Button Name or Hotkey ........................................................................................................................... 33
Edit a Button Font....................................................................................................................................................... 33
Button Opacity ............................................................................................................................................................ 33
Change the Position of a Button Name or Hotkey ......................................................................................... 33
Button Geometry
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Capture Mode
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Code Mode
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Coding Instances ........................................................................................................................................................ 34
Stop Coding ................................................................................................................................................................. 35
Pause / Restart Coding ............................................................................................................................................. 35
Edit Mode
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Create a New Code Window Using an Existing One
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Saving Code Windows
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Print the Code Window
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The Timeline
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Components of the Timeline ...................................................................................................................................37
The Timeline Toolbar ................................................................................................................................................. 38
Create a New Timeline .............................................................................................................................................. 40
Movie Packaging ........................................................................................................................................................ 40
Place front movie and timeline inside a movie package ..............................................................................41
Timeline Backup Folder .............................................................................................................................................41
Importing Files
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Edit List ........................................................................................................................................................................... 43
XML Edit List ................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Champion Data AFL Basic ...................................................................................................................................... 50
Sporting Pulse.............................................................................................................................................................. 50
Website Imports.......................................................................................................................................................... 50
GPSports Data.............................................................................................................................................................. 52
Polar Heartrate data .................................................................................................................................................. 52
Part 3 - Capture
Capture
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Making the connections .......................................................................................................................................... 54
Signal Flow .................................................................................................................................................................... 54
AV Foundation Capture
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Presets ............................................................................................................................................................................ 56
Video ............................................................................................................................................................................... 56
Audio ............................................................................................................................................................................... 56
Log ................................................................................................................................................................................... 56
Quicktime Capture
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Setting Video and Audio Sources ..........................................................................................................................57
Compression Options ............................................................................................................................................... 58
Convert Movie Package
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The Capture Window Toolbar
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Customise the Toolbar ...............................................................................................................................................61
Basic capture .................................................................................................................................................................61
Quick Capture .............................................................................................................................................................. 62
Update Capture ........................................................................................................................................................... 62
View Capture Ratio..................................................................................................................................................... 62
Full Screen Capture .................................................................................................................................................... 63
Communicate & Communicate Only................................................................................................................... 63
Code Window functions during Capture ........................................................................................................... 63
Add Capture Event to iCal
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Synchronizing Sound and Video
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When Do Synchronization Problems Occur? ................................................................................................... 65
Delete a Movie
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Linking Movies
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Link a Re-Captured or another Movie to a Timeline: ......................................................................................67
Align Instances after Re-Capturing a Movie – Nudge Right Or Left .........................................................67
Using the mouse to slide and move instances in the timeline. ................................................................. 68
Adjust Placement of Selected Instances ............................................................................................................ 68
The Communications Window
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Remote Communications........................................................................................................................................ 70
Server And Client ........................................................................................................................................................ 70
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Movie Playback
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The SportsCode Movie Controller ........................................................................................................................ 72
Play any Movie ............................................................................................................................................................. 73
Pause any Movie ........................................................................................................................................................ 74
Go to a Specific Part of the Movie......................................................................................................................... 74
Presenting Movies In Full Screen .......................................................................................................................... 74
Movie Playback Keyboard Control ....................................................................................................................... 74
Open a Timeline with any Sportstec XML .......................................................................................................... 74
Movie Playback Keyboard Control
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Creating Instance Movies
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Create a movie from a Single Instance .............................................................................................................. 76
Create a movie from all Instances in a Single Row ......................................................................................... 76
Merge Rows, Sequential Rows, and Selection Order
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Sequential Rows...........................................................................................................................................................77
Selection Order.............................................................................................................................................................77
Presenting Instance Movies In Full Screen
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Stop Presenting a Movie in Full Screen .............................................................................................................. 78
Loop Instance Playback............................................................................................................................................ 78
Adjust the Movie Volume ........................................................................................................................................ 78
Resize Movie Window ............................................................................................................................................... 78
Displaying a Movie on an External Monitor
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Presenting Movies Fullscreen ................................................................................................................................ 79
Using Instance Movies Chapter Markers
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Instance Movie Timer
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Manipulating Movies
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Closing Movie Windows ............................................................................................................................................81
Movie Window Sizes and Proportions .................................................................................................................81
Overlay Two Movies ...................................................................................................................................................81
Align Two Overlaid Movies .......................................................................................................................................81
Change Transparency Level of Movie Windows .............................................................................................. 82
Flip an Instance Movie .............................................................................................................................................. 82
Stacking Instance Movies ........................................................................................................................................ 83
Stacking Timeline Movies ........................................................................................................................................ 84
Show / Hide Stacked Movie View Angles........................................................................................................... 84
Multiview Hotkeys...................................................................................................................................................... 85
Changing Stack movie view locations in the grid .......................................................................................... 85
Changing Stack movie grid layout. ...................................................................................................................... 86
Stack movie Playback Preferences. ...................................................................................................................... 86
Making a Movie from a Folder of Movies........................................................................................................... 86
Editing Instance Movies
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Delete a Segment in an Instance Movie..............................................................................................................87
Copy, Cut and Paste Instance Movie Segments................................................................................................87
Drag and Drop Instance Movie Segments .........................................................................................................87
Include Drawing Objects in an Instance Movie ............................................................................................... 88
Combining Instance Movies
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Saving Instance Movies
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Removing Extra Movie Tracks
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Multiplying Audio
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Working with Code Rows
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Move a Row ...................................................................................................................................................................91
Select Multiple Rows ..................................................................................................................................................91
Duplicate a Row ...........................................................................................................................................................91
Delete a Row .................................................................................................................................................................91
Edit Code Row Names................................................................................................................................................91
Change Code Name Colors ......................................................................................................................................91
Change Multiple Row Colors At The Same Time ..............................................................................................91
Add a New Blank Row to a Timeline..................................................................................................................... 92
Create a New Row from Selected Instances using New Merged Row..................................................... 92
Create a Combination of Rows .............................................................................................................................. 92
Sorting Code Rows
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Sort Rows by Name .................................................................................................................................................... 93
Sort Rows by Color ..................................................................................................................................................... 93
Sort Rows by Color then by Name........................................................................................................................ 93
Sort Rows by Number of Instances ...................................................................................................................... 93
Sort Rows in Reverse Order..................................................................................................................................... 93
Editing Instances in the Timeline
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Manually Creating a New Instance ...................................................................................................................... 94
Adjust the Length of an Instance ......................................................................................................................... 94
Delete an Instance ..................................................................................................................................................... 95
Copy an Instance from One Row to Another.................................................................................................... 95
Move an Instance from One Row to Another.................................................................................................. 96
Instance Splitting........................................................................................................................................................ 96
Combining Timelines
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Databasing Instances
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The Find Window
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Advanced Search .........................................................................................................................................................97
Where to search ...........................................................................................................................................................97
Establishing Search Criteria .................................................................................................................................... 98
Making Movies From Found Instances .............................................................................................................100
Find And Replace...................................................................................................................................................... 101
Recent and Saved Searches ..................................................................................................................................102
Instance Notes
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Adding an instance note ........................................................................................................................................103
Viewing instance notes in a movie.....................................................................................................................103
Setting the amount of lines of notes displayed ............................................................................................103
Gamebreaker Plus Drawing Window
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Export the Movie incuding Drawings ............................................................................................................... 107
Create a Movie incorporating the Drawing Window ...................................................................................108
Create a Key Frame Output ...................................................................................................................................109
Instance Monitor
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Use the Instance Monitor ......................................................................................................................................110
Using a Remote Control
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Part 5 - Distribute
Converting Movies
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Convert Movie Package..........................................................................................................................................116
Exporting Data Files
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Export an Edit List..................................................................................................................................................... 117
Export an XML Edit List .......................................................................................................................................... 117
Export an Instance Frequency Report ..............................................................................................................118
Frequency Reports ...................................................................................................................................................119
Export a CSV Timecode Log ..................................................................................................................................119
Export a Code Report for Sportstec Player......................................................................................................120
Direct Movie Exports
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Convert iPhone movie into iTunes ..................................................................................................................... 121
Selected instances in each Timeline row as an iPod movie to iTunes ................................................... 121
Convert Apple TV Movie to Desktop ................................................................................................................. 121
Convert Selected Instances by Row to iPhone Movie into iTunes .......................................................... 121
Selected Timeline instances.................................................................................................................................. 121
Text Window
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Part 1 - Gamebreaker Plus
An Introduction
Part 1 - Gamebreaker Plus
Welcome to Gamebreaker Plus – The Ultimate Game Plan
This manual will help you find your way around Gamebreaker Plus. The manual includes descriptions
for Gamebreaker Plus Elite, Gamebreaker Plus Pro, Gamebreaker Plus Review, and Gamebreaker Plus
Player.
This manual assumes you have already seen a demonstration or been trained in using Gamebreaker
Plus and therefore have some knowledge base of how it works. If you are unfamiliar with the
Gamebreaker Plus suite of products, or require more information, please email Sportstec at
[email protected]
Overview of Gamebreaker Plus
Gamebreaker Plus is very user friendly– just follow some simple steps and you’ll be on your way.
Here’s a quick guide how the Gamebreaker Plus process works for a new movie. You’ll find step by
step instructions in the following pages.
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Click on the Gamebreaker Plus icon in the dock or on your desktop.
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Create a new Code window. This is the window where you begin the analysis process.
3.
Decide which actions in the performance you want to categorize (code) for analysis. Create and
name code buttons for all the actions. eg. a player, a move, or each time a goal is scored. Each
button will code instances for the actions in the timeline.
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Capture the movie and code the information you need using the code window.
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You now have the event captured and coded. The movie and the timeline are linked together.
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You can now review and analyze the performance. If you want to change the information, add to
it or delete from it, it’s easy. Gamebreaker Plus is completely flexible to fit your needs.
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Gamebreaker Plus Set-up Requirements
The minimum recommended computer requirements for Gamebreaker Plus are:
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2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
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Mac OS X 10.8 or greater
We strongly recommend :
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a minimum of 8GB of RAM
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a SSD Hard Disk of suitable size, (never begin a capture if there is less than 200GB of space
available)
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an external Hard Drive that is interfaced to the computer using a single or double Thunderbolt
interface cable, or a Firewire 800 9pin cable. A USB connection is not suitable.
Current Gamebreaker Plus Version
The current version which this manual relates to is Gamebreaker Plus Version 10
To check which version of Gamebreaker Plus you are operating, click on Gamebreaker Plus in the
Main Menu. The first item in the drop down menu “About Gamebreaker Plus n.nn.nn displays the
Gamebreaker Plus version you have.
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Registration of Gamebreaker Plus V10
Gamebreaker Plus Version 10 will only run if you have registered an online code over the internet.
Make sure you close all other applications while you’re registering Gamebreaker Plus.
To register online you will be presented with a registration process dialogue box. You must have your
computer connected to the internet before you do this and must admin privileges for the computer.
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The serial code that you received with the software should be put into the registration code box of
the window. If you input the code correctly you will see a red tick at the end of the text box.
In OSX 10.9 Mavericks it is also necessary to allow SportsCode to make changes to the system (the
registration is locked to the computer) by providing an admin name and password.
Clicking will connect your computer to the Sportstec internet registration server and carry out the
registration process.
Successful registration is indicated by:
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Gamebreaker Plus Preferences
The Preferences Windows provide you with a series of settings for Gamebreaker Plus.
Following is an explanation of the function of each of these Preference settings. An explanation of
the specific setting options is also contained in the sections of the manual which relate to those
settings.
There are 3 buttons at the base of each of the windows. These allow you to accept the system default
settings for the Preferences, cancel any preference settings you may have just input or to accept and
save ( OK ) the preference settings you have just input.
General
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The screen that will be used to display full screen movies can be set by selecting the screen in
the Output to full screen drop down menu.
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By selecting the Auto load files option, any files that are open when Gamebreaker Plus is quit,
they will be reopened on the next launch of Gamebreaker Plus. We recommend doing this on
match day. Turn this option on, open all the windows that will be used such as code windows,
matrices and statistical windows, then quit Gamebreaker Plus. The next time you launch, they
open again in the last used positions.
NB: If you have set your computer preferences to close all windows at shutdown, this feature cannot
be enabled.
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Tick Automatically check for updates if you want your system to always check for updates on
startup
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Capture
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Allow code mode during capture - Code mode can be used in the code window to code
instances at the location of the playhead in the timeline during capture. This allows you to
code an event that has already happened and still continue to capture.Note: Remember to
switch back to capture mode in the code window to code instances in real time.
Close code buttons when pausing or resuming capture
Show timeline movie during capture - When selected, the timeline movie window will appear
along with the capture window.
Show timeline during capture - Employ this feature if the user wishes to show the timeline,
during capture.
Zoom timeline during capture - The capturing timeline will automatically zoom in towards
twice the default movie segment duration.
Update timeline regularly during capture - This allows the timeline movie to be played in a
state of delay behind the capture movie without bumping into the end of the timeline.
Close window when capture stopped - When this option is selected, the capture window will
be closed when capture has been ended.
Create single movie file after capture - This option will create a standalone movie from the
timeline movie next to the capture package.
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Use timecode produced from capturing device - Timecode generated from the capture device
will be saved in the timeline timecode track.
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Default movie segment duration - This preference sets this default duration. It is strongly
recommended that you use a default setting of 1 minute unless timeline share updating is
paramount. We recommend saving captured movie packages as standalone packages after
capture.
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Minimum movie segment duration - This is important for timeline sharing as it is readied for
access by the timeline share process as quickly as possible. When a code button has ended, it
signals the capture window to end the current movie part that is being captured in order to
allow access to the latest captured video part in the timeline. So, if the setting of a code button
was ended after 5 seconds of a movie part starting and this setting is set to 1 minute, it will
take another 55 seconds for the movie part to be ended and ready for viewing in the timeline.
We recommend using 30 seconds for default duration and 15 seconds for minimum duration
settings when using timeline share. Otherwise, use the default settings.
Note: Choosing Never and None for the above 2 options will create one movie part for the entire
duration of the capture session.
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Quick Recording Folder - This is the default folder where the capture package will be saved
automatically when the Quickstart capture feature is used
Resolve Blackmagic PAL Input
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This is a unique setting required to support PAL composite video inputs for Blackmagic devices.
Use this setting only when capturing standard definition PAL composite video feeds.
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Force audio delay by NN seconds - If selected, an audio delay can be included in the capture
process that nudges the audio track positive or negative once capture is complete. The nudge
occurs in the timeline reference movie, the native movie parts are not adjusted.
Movies
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Auto play movies created - When an instance is created from any source, it will open and
begin to play.
Full screen presentation mode Synchronise source movie with full screen movie
Adjust display resolution for full screen movies - This option reduces the screen resolution
when presenting movies full screen. It can help smooth out playback when viewing movies
full screen, particularly on older computers. This is helpful when presenting H.264 compressed
movies. Note: the screen will go through a black transition period when a movie is presented,
this is normal.
Use single field for interlaced movies- Only one field is shown of an interlaced movie. This
helps clean up jagged edges when the video is paused.
Deinterlace interlaced movies- This option blends both fields of interlaced video to help
reduce the jagged appearance in interlaced video.
Limit chapter track text to nnnn characters - When there are a lot of labels for an instance,
the instance movie cannot display them in the chapter menu of the instance movie window.
The chapter menu is removed in this situation. To retain the chapter menu, set an amount of
text to be displayed in this setting, only that amount of characters will be displayed and the
rest will be truncated. This allows enough room for the timeline in the instance movie to be
displayed and used properly.
No sound if movie playback speed is greater than nnn percent - Setting this option helps
using the playback speed slider in the movie floating toolbar. In some cases, the default
playback speed may be greatly increased to allow for faster coding. Cutting out the sound
playback makes this process smoother.
Lead time for stack switch in timeline movie - The default for this setting is 10, this means
when one angle of the stack is being played and the view is switched, the playhead will jump
back 10 seconds, so the new view can be easily replayed without rewinding. This jump only
occurs when the movie is playing. If the movie is paused, the angles will switch without the
playhead moving.
Stack Switch Hotkeys - Turn on the Stack Switch hotkeys by selecting the check box, then click
on the boxes next to Movie 1, Movie 2, etc. Choose a hotkey by pressing a key on the keyboard.
Movie 1 will be the top right angle, Movie 2 will be the next one to the right and so on. If there
are 4 or more angles, the numbering will flow from right to left and down. Note: These hotkeys
will override any other hotkeys in the application, so it is recommended that code windows are
checked for clashing hotkeys.
Timelines
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Auto save Timelines When selected, any opened timeline will be saved automatically as the
timeline is updated.
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Save timeline as XML - This will convert and save timelines in an XML format.
NOTE : Versions of SportsCode prior to version 8.5.2 cannot open XML timelines.
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To make moving timelines and their movies around a little easier, select the “Group timeline
and movie windows” option. The timeline and its movie window will be locked together and
can be dragged around together as one. To move them independently, hold down SHIFT and
click and drag on the window to reposition it.
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Open timelines with playhead set to start if not in ‘Open recent’ moves the playhead to the
beginning of the movie if the timeline is not in the opened recent list. If the timeline is in the
open recent list, then the last playhead location is set.
Try to combine timelines into one video and one audio track - when selected, will create a
timeline movie reference file that works better with the Final Cut XML export. Final Cut does
not like movies that are made up multiple tracks, especially if they overlap or are otherwise
“strange”.
Alphabetize rows during coding
Automatically organises the Timeline rows in A - Z alphabetical order from the top down.
Overlay Text
Movie Overlay Text
The overlay text preferences can be set live, so we recommend opening a movie with overlay text,
then make changes to the preferences. This will save some time getting the settings perfect.
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Overlay text Font size is set by inputting the desired font size in the numerical field.
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Showing or hiding the Background, Code and Instance Notes components of overlay
text is done by ticking the boxes next to each component. Changing colors of overlay text
components is done by clicking on the colorwell beside the component and choosing a color.
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Background and Text overlay opacity of the overlay text can be set by dragging the slider or
manually inputting an opacity value. The lower the value, the more invisible the background
will be. The background opacity sets the opacity for the background of the text that is
displayed where the text overlay opacity sets the opacity for the overall text display of all
components.
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Vertical Text position is changed by moving the slider. The text can be moved to the absolute
top and bottom boundaries of the movie frame.
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Full Screen Time Display
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When “Enabled” is selected, a time counter will be shown in a floating window over the movie
when presented in full screen. The floating window position can be changed by clicking and
dragging on the window.
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The “Font Size” of the time text can be changed using the slider or manually inputted.
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The “Background” can be switched on or off by ticking the box. The “Background Color” can
be set by clicking on the color well and selecting a color.
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The “Background opacity” can be set using the slider or manually inputted.
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The “Foreground opacity” slider sets the overall opacity for the time display. This is set by
dragging the slider or manually inputted a value.
There are 3 time display options:
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“Movie time” displays the actual movie time from 00:00:00.00 to its end as it relates to its total
play length.
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“Relative movie time” displays the time for which the instances are found in a timeline. This is
convenient for finding its position in the timeline. When this is selected, the time display is not
continuous, it can appear to jump from 01:03:15 to 00:03:25. This depends on how the movie
was created.
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“TimeCode” displays the timecode track information which is time of day for when the movie
was captured or for what time the movie timecode was set.
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“Display whole seconds” removes the hundredths place from the counter. This makes the
window less wide hiding the higher precision data.
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Communication
The “Stop all communications” checkbox option is a universal network security option. This
preference is checked by default so when you access the Preference Window for the first time the
Preference window will be unavailable. You will be required to uncheck the box and then either
enter a password chosen for the network, (for a completely new network,) or enter the password of
the existing network. You will now be able to set the remainder of the preferences for your network
to operate. See the explanation below regarding this function, but we recommend that this
checkbox be activated when the network is inactive.
Name
Provide the computer with a name for the network.
This is the name that will appear in the Communications window of other computers
connected to the network, to indicate whether or not you are connected. Use a name that best
describes how the computer will be used eg. Client computer 1 or Server computer. This will
make it easier to identify computers in the list.
Password
Set the password and verification field for the
computer for this network. NB. This is not a “system
password” - it is a password for this SportsCode network only. It is common practice to set all
computers in the network to the same password, so the auto connection feature can be used
Default Password for Auto Connection To Clients
Ticking the box will try to connect with clients using the same password that is set above for the
computer. A very convenient option to use when there are multiple clients to connect.
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Disable Automatic Connection To Clients
Tick this box to stop auto connecting to clients. This stops any attempt to find and connect with
clients using Bonjour technology on the network. When this option is ticked, all clients must be
added manually.
Do Not Connect With Clients
Tick this box when the computer will be acting only as a client. The computer will not act as a server
and send any commands to any clients. Commonly used when computer is acting as a client only.
Stop Servers Connecting To This Computer
Tick the box to stop all servers from connecting to the computer. The computer cannot be a client
when this ticked. Commonly used when the computer is acting as a server only.
Allow Servers to Start/Stop Capture
Tick this box to allow connected servers to start/stop capture on the computer.
Allow Servers to Pause/Resume Capture
Tick this box to allow connected servers to pause/resume capture on the computer.
Allow Servers to Update Capture
Tick this box to allow connected servers to update capture on the computer.
Port Settings
Port settings can be changed here. Gamebreaker Plus uses 9093 which is a port left undefined by
networking standards. When setting up for Internet remote communications, this may be changed
to suit firewall rules. Be careful when changing this setting even on a local area network. Changing
this could cause serious problems for a network where other services may be running over the same
ports. Consult the IT department before changing this number.
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Do Not Show Errors As They Occur
Tick this box to stop the error log from popping up during remote communications. Keep this option
ticked unless trouble shooting is required.
Advanced Options
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Port Settings - SportsCode uses 9093 which is a port left undefined by networking standards.
When setting up for Internet remote communications, this may be changed to suit firewall
rules. Be careful when changing this setting even on a local area network. Consult the IT
department before changing this number.
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Do not show errors as they occur - When selected, this option will supress the error log from
appearing if an error is encountered.
Windows
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There are times when a lot of windows from various applications might be open at the same
time, selecting “All windows forward when a single window is clicked” will make sure that all
the open Gamebreaker Plus windows come to the front and will not be obscured by another
application’s window.
While working with Gamebreaker Plus, windows get pushed all over the place especially timelines,
to help create some consistency in where a timeline will open select “Default timeline and movie
arrangement”. This option sets the timeline movie in the upper left corner of the screen and does a
best effort to maximize the timeline window to display the most data that it can on the screen.
“Maximum number of instance movies” value set how many instance movies can be open at one
time. Once the maximum is reached the oldest movie made will be closed to allow the new one to
be created. The default maximim is set to 100.
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Apple Remote
This preference is used to set up the Apple Remote options. Click on the different drop down menus
to set the options. See the Apple Remote description in this manual for more details.
Commando
This preference is used to set up the Commando Remote options. Click on the different drop down
menus to set the options. See the Commando remote description in this manual for more details.
Gamebreaker Plus Terms
Many terms in this manual are specific to Gamebreaker Plus. Here’s a brief explanation of the most
common terms.
Capture
To record a movie to a file on the hard disk drive.
Code
A category for information in your movie. When you want to keep a piece of action from a
movie for later reference/analysis you code that snippet with a code button.
Code Button
Code buttons are used to define an action by its name and time when it occurred in a
movie. For example you may name a code button “X Cut” to mark every time an opponent
executes a certain play. Code buttons are toggle buttons, up or down, except when you
have a lag time programmed which creates a fixed-length instance.
Code Window
The file for creating and using code buttons to categorize events in a timeline.
Database
A database is a timeline created by exporting selected instances from one or multiple
timelines. The database process only exports the specified code and movie data. This
process removes all the unwanted code and movie data and allows you to compile information in one file.
Inactive
An Inactive button is an inactive rectangle used to title a set of buttons. Inactive buttons
can also be graphics in the window that do not perform any actions.
Instance
An instance is a coded segment of a movie. An instance becomes part of the timeline for
that movie (also see code).
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Lag Time
Lag time automatically adds a specific time to the end of an instance when it is being
coded. When you click on the code button to code the instance, Gamebreaker Plus
automatically adds the lag time to its end. Lag time creates a button that only needs to be
pressed once. The beginning of the instance is marked when the button is pressed down
and the end is marked when the lag time runs out.
Lead Time
Lead time automatically adds a specific time to the beginning of an instance when it is
being coded. When you click on the code button to code the instance Gamebreaker Plus
adds the time to its beginning.
Movie
The performance you are using as the source of your information.
Package
A special type of folder that contains timeline and movie data.
Timeline
The window that displays a timeline showing each instance of all code buttons chronologically recorded.
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The Gamebreaker Plus Movie Controller
The movie controller is a “floating” toolbar which will appear whenever a movie is set up ready to
play and by default will disappear when the cursor is removed from the window or has been inactive
for 1.5 secs. It will reappear once the cursor is returned to the window The controller may be moved
to wherever you find it most convenient. You are able to access the Drawing Tools, the Overlay Text
fuction and the List of Chapters in the movie directly from the controller.
Loop Mode
Sets the playback mode for play once (Off ) or repeat (On).
Movie Chapters List
Open this list to view a list of the chapter markers in the movie and
where they are.
Playback Rate Control
This control sets the playback speed for all
movies. Double click on the icon to reset it to the
default speed of 1x.
Frame Fwd / Frame Rew
Hover the cursor over the bars close to and to the right of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to frame forward.
Hover the cursor over the bars close to and to the left of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to frame rewind.
Fast Fwd / Fast Rew
Hover the cursor over the bars at the extreme right of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to fast forward.
Hover the cursor over the bars at the extreme left of the Play/Pause symbol
on the wheel. Click to fast rewind.
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Play / Pause Button
Click the Play button to play.
Click the Pause button to pause.
Speaker Volume Controller
Move the volume control slider to vary the movie sound volume. Move to
the left to decrease volume and move to the right to increase volume.
Overlay Text
Click this button to open “Overlay Text” to display the labels in each of the
instances comprising the movie.
Drawing Toolbar
Click this button to show or hide the Drawing Window
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Keyboard Shortcuts
NOTE : Any keyboard shortcut which is set in the Operating System preferences is likely to override the same SportsCode software keyboard shortcut. If you experience a SportsCode keyboard
shortcut which does not perform in the manner described in this manual, you should try the
alternative(s) described or you can disable the operating system keyboard shortcut.
MENU ITEM - FUNCTION
KEYSTROKE
COMMAND
⌘
CONTROL
⌃
OPTION
⌥
SHIFT
⇧
LEFT RIGHT UP DOWN ARROWS
←→↑↓
PAGE UP PAGE DOWN
fn↑ fn↓
DELETE
⌫
CLICK
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FILE
Open
⌘O
Combine timeline windows
⌘L
Save
⌘S
Save as
⇧⌘S
Print
⌘P
EDIT
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Undo
⌘Z
Redo
⇧⌘Z
Cut
⌘X
Copy
⌘C
Paste
⌘V
Select all
⌘A
Copy movie frame
⇧⌘C
Instance trim
⌃T
Instance edit
⌃E
Split instance edit
⌥⇧S
Split instance edit + new drawing window
⌃⌥⇧S
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EDIT
⌃I
Mark start time
⌃I
Mark end time
⌃O
Extend start time
⌃ ⇧I
Extend end time
⌃ ⇧O
Play backwards
⌃J
Stop movie
⌃K
Play movie
⌃L
Nudge all instances left
⇧⌘L
Nudge all instances right
⇧⌘R
Nudge all instances on the right of the
playhead to the right
⌥⇧⌘R
Remove unused instance time to the right of
playhead
⌥⇧⌘L
Find
⌘F
Nudge sound track left
⌃⌥⌘L
Nudge sound track right
⌃⌥⌘R
Contract sound track
⌥⌘L
Expand sound track
⌥⌘R
WINDOWS
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Present movie (Full screen)
⌘M
Make movie
⌥⌘M
Stack instance movies
⌘Y
Overlay instance movies
⌥⌘Y
Full screen coding
⇧⌘F
Reduce movie size
⌘<
Increase movie size
⌘>
Close all instance movies
⌘I
Reduce transparency
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Increase transparency
⌃⌥0
Cycle through windows
⌘`
Show drawing tools
⌥⇧D
Close window
⌘W
ROWS
Add row
⌘N
CAPTURE
Open capture window
⌘R
Quickstart capture
⌃⌘R
Capture pause/resume
⌘K
Capture stop
⌘/
GENERAL
Preferences
⌘,
Hide Gamebreaker Plus
⌘H
Hide Others
⌥⌘H
MAC OS X
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Screen snap shot to file
⇧⌘3
Selection snap shot to file
⇧⌘4
Screen snap shot to memory
⇧⌃⌘3 ⌘V to paste to another window
Selection snap shot to memory
⇧⌃⌘4 ⌘V to paste to another window
Enable display zoom
⌘⌥8
Zoom out display
⌘⌥-
Zoom in display
⌘⌥=
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Launch Gamebreaker Plus
Click on the icon in the Dock; double click on the Gamebreaker Plus icon on your desktop or
in the Applications folder.
The Startup Screen will open for you to choose which key SportsCode function you wish to access.
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To create a new Timeline, Drawing Window or Code Window project, click on the relevant
item in the top row. When an item is chosen the startup window disappears and file opens.
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Open... When clicked an open file dialog appears and the startup window disappears.
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Import XML... When clicked an import file dialog appears and the startup window dissappears.
After the XML file is selected, a timeline is created with the imported data.
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Capture... When clicked the capture window opens and the window disappears.
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Recent Files... This displays the Open Recent file list found under the File menu. The section is
scrollable. If the system cannot locate the file listed, a warning symbol inside a yellow triangle
will be displayed alongside the file name.
The Startup Screen will open by default when SportsCode is launched. The Startup Screen may be
hidden by ticking the appropriate box in the General Preferences.
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The Code Window
The Gamebreaker Plus code window is the starting point for coding your movies. It will contain
all the categories (buttons) you want to analyze such as set pieces in a field hockey game. Code
buttons are used to categorize and mark the time of events in your movie. These events, or instances,
become your own personal study of performance-specific information. You can save time by coding
instances as you capture your movie. Then if you want to change, add or delete information, it’s easy
to go back and do so later.
Create a New Code Window
Choose File > New > Code window
from the main menu bar.
The Code Window Toolbar
The Code Window Toolbar is customizable. Control click (right click) in a blank part of the Toolbar to
open the Customize window. You may design your Toolbar using this window.
The Code Window Toolbar contains icons which have 3 distinct functions :
1. Coding Functions - (Code Button ; Action Buttons ; Links)
2. Operating Mode Functions - (Capture ; Code ; Edit)
3. Display Functions - (Keys ; Transparency)
Note: In Window Operating Modes, ( 2. above,) the active mode will be indicated by a darkened
background. Only one of these modes can be active at any point in time.
A convenient shortcut is OPTION+UP ARROW or OPTION+DOWN ARROW to change modes.
Code Window Opacity
This is used mainly while coding in full screen. To increase the opacity of the code
window, (make the code window MORE transparent,) click on the Up arrow in the
top left hand corner of the window next to the capture button. To decrease the
opacity of the code window, click on the Down arrow.
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Capture
This will open the capture window.
Code
Use Code mode to code the timeline with your events at any time.
NB. Codingis at the point of the playhead in the timeline
Edit
Edit mode builds your Code Window by creating buttons and also to
change button properties
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Inspector
Use the Inspector function to edit and manipulate the appearance and behaviour of
buttons in the Code Window.
Actions Panel
Enter
Pressing the Enter button in Code or Capture mode will end all active code buttons.
The short cut for this is the TAB key. This is a very convenient feature while live coding
especially when multiple code buttons are active.
Clear
Pressing the Clear button in Code or Capture mode will stop the marking of an instance.
The short cut for this in the ESC key. This is mostly used when accidently hitting a code
button during live coding.
Reset
Pressing the Reset button in Code or Capture mode will remove the last instance that
was ended.
Button
In Edit mode, clicking and dragging from this button into the Code Window will
create a new code button.
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Keys
Pressing the keys button will reveal all the hotkeys that are set for each button when show
keys option is unselected for the button and the hotkeys are not visible.
Links
Pressing the left links button will hide the links between buttons. Pressing
the middle button will portray the links below the buttons (this is the option
illustrated.) Pressing the right button will portray the links above the buttons
Fonts
Click this button to open the window to manipulate the font type, size and color.
Settings
Clicking on the Settings button will reveal the Setting panel. Two options can be
selected in the panel: Background color for the code window and Merging overlapping
instances. When the ‘Merge overlapping Instances’ is selected, instances that overlap
due to lead time will be merged into one instance.
Full Screen
Click this button to present the Code Window in full screen. Press ESC to exit full screen.
Code Button History
A record of the buttons you’ve used, will be displayed in the history line which is located
immediately below the toolbar. The most recent button activation is shown to the right of the line. A
triangle pointing down indicates a code button being activated. A triangle pointing up indicates that
code button being turned off.
Button Information Bar
The Button Information Bar is located in the baseline of the Code Input Window. When you hover the
cursor over a button, it’s name will be displayed in this bar.
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Gamebreaker Plus Button Types
Code Button
Code buttons are identified with a white diamond symbol in the upper left of the
button.
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Name a code button to define an event which will become an instance in the timeline, for
example you may name a code button “Slam dunk” for a basketball game.
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When you have captured a movie and used a code button, the button creates a row in
the left column of the timeline.
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The code button identifier symbol, a diamond, will be either white or red. A white
diamond means it has a toggle action that must be clicked on to start coding an instance
and click on it again to stop coding. A red diamond means the button has a lag time and
will stop coding at the predefined lag time after it has been clicked.
Inactive Button
Inactive Buttons are identified with a white square symbol in the upper left of the
button. An Inactive button does not perform any coding action, it is only used to
put headings, comments or graphics within the code window.
Edit Mode
Edit Mode is used to set up a Code Window and to edit a Code Window. In Edit Mode, buttons are
placed into the Code Window and their Appearance and Behaviour is specified to determine how
the use of these buttons during coding will affect the information inserted into the Timeline.
Create/Add New Button
To create a code button, click and drag the code button icon
code window.
in the tool bar to the body of the
Create or Add a New Inactive Button
Create a code button then use the Inspector to change it to an Inactive button.
Move a Button
Click on the button and drag it to the required location in the window or use the arrow keys to move
more precisely.
Move a Group of Buttons
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1.
Hold down the SHIFT key and select the buttons you want to move, or click and drag over the
group using the lasso bounding box to make the selections.
2.
Click and drag the buttons to the required position.
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Duplicate a Button
1.
To duplicate a button and its properties, highlight the button by clicking on it once.
2.
Pressand hold the OPTION key and click and drag the duplicate to another location within the
Code window.
3.
Name the new button. All the properties will be the same as the original except for the Hot Key
and the linking. A Hot key can only be allocated once per code window.
4.
To duplicate a button from one code window to another, press the OPTION key and click and
drag the duplicate to the new window.
Duplicate a Group of Buttons
To duplicate a group of selected buttons from one code window to another, press and hold the
SHIFT key and click on each button in the group, next press and hold the OPTION key and click and
drag the group to the new window.
Button Layers
Every button created in the code window is on a separate layer. These layers are not visible, and
this architecture can be used to your advantage if required. It is sometimes useful to overlap
buttons or hide them.
1.
To move a button to the top layer, highlight the button, press CONTROL and the RIGHT ARROW
key.
2.
To move a button to the bottom layer, highlight the button, press CONTROL and the LEFT
ARROW key.
3.
To move one layer at a time, press the CONTROL key and press ARROW UP to move the layer up
1 level at a time or press CONTROL key and press ARROW DOWN to shift the layer down 1 level
at a time.
Alternatively, right click (CONTROL+CLICK) on the button and select the action
from the drop down menu.
Note: In a Code Window you may select multiple buttons either by using the Apple “lasso” function
or by holding down the Command key and individually clicking the desired buttons.
Resize a Button
1.
Click and drag on a resizing knob on any side or corner of the button.
2.
Drag the button to the desired size.
Edit a Button
To edit the properties of a button, open the Inspector (Refer to page 31)
Edit a button during any Code window Mode by selecting a contextual menu accessed by right
clicking (Control + Click) on the button.
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Delete a Button
Click on the button and press DELETE on the keyboard.
Select a Background for the Code Window
You may select a colour or an image as a background for your Code Window.
In Edit Mode, click the Settings button at the right of the Code Window Toolbar.
To select a colour for the background, click on the “Background Colour” box to open a palette.
To select an image, click on the Image box to open a file list menu, or click on an image and drag and
drop it into the box. Use the dropdown menu attached to the box to manipulate the image.
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The Inspector Panel
With Edit mode selected in the toolbar, click on any button to select it. A selected
button will be surrounded by 8 resizing knobs. Open the Inspector panel by clicking on
the Inspector icon in the toolbar or by double clicking on the selected button.:
By default the Inspector panel will open with the Edit properties view open. This panel contains 4
sections :
Button Coding Behaviors and Links
Appearance and Geometry
In the Inspector Panel any box or radio button which can be activated or deactivated is referred to as
a “property” because such action will change the property of the button.
To speed up the editing process, leave the Inspector Panel open and click on another button in the
code window. This saves the previous button properties and switches to the selected button.
Button Behaviour
Button Type
Code or Inactive .. this choice will open the panel below it for
the button type selected. You may change the Button type
and function of the selected button with this panel.
Code
You may change the button name in this panel.
Custom Lead Time
Custom lead time allows you to program a specific lead time
to individual buttons. Check the custom lead time box and
enter the number of seconds of lead time you need.
Note: If no Custom Lead Time is specified, the default lead
time will apply.
Lag Time
Lag Time automatically adds a specific time to the end of an instance when it is being coded. When
you click on the code button to code the instance, Gamebreaker Plus adds the lag time to the end of
the Instance. Check the Lag time box and enter the required lag time.
Code Buttons that use a lag time have a red diamond identifier.
For example; You are coding a movie and have a six-second lead time and a two-second lag time for
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a code button named “Goal”. When you see the “Goal” and click on the button, the instance in the
timeline will be eight seconds.
This becomes a fixed Iength instance and requires that you only click on the button once (to activate
it) which makes the coding process faster and easier.
Re-activate Lag Time
When this option is ticked, the lag time of the button will be re-activated to extend the length of
the instance if the button is pressed again before the lag time has expired. This is to make provision
for more accurate statistical counting of instances when ticked instances are extended, so 2 events
of the same type will merge into one event. If this is not ticked, an activated Code Button which is
counting down lag time when clicked on again will stop coding the current instance . You will be
required to click the button again and create a new instance with the new lag time count down
intitiated.
While coding, you will find that you may want to block labels from inserting into certain codes, so
the labels do not end up in the wrong code. There are two options to help with this.
Populate Codes in Timeline
Check the populate box to automatically populate the timeline with code rows upon code or capture
mode activation.
Block de-activate all
During Code Mode , when the TAB key (or the Enter button in the Toolbar) is pressed, it de-activates
all code buttons that are currently active. When this option is ticked, the code button will not
respond to the TAB key or the Enter button.
Customized Hotkeys
To speed up your coding, instead of using your mouse to press (activate) your code or label
buttons, you can assign a hotkey to a button. Using hotkeys will be considerably faster when
you are coding, than moving and clicking your mouse or mouse pad.
Assign Hotkeys
Click on the Hotkeys box
Press the key or key combination you want to use. Combinations can be configured using the
modifier keys COMMAND, OPTION, CONTROL, and SHIFT.
Press the modifier keys first, then the character you want to assign.
Note: You can use up to three modifier keys at once plus one character. This allows for over one thousand individual hot
key combinations. There are some combinations reserved for the system, most of these use the COMMAND key.
Tool Tip
This is a box for entering free text as a description or information about the button. When you hover
the cursor over the button the Tool Tip description will be displayed. The text entered here will have
no effect on the timeline.
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Button Links
In order to simplify the coding process, buttons may be linked
to activate or deactivate other buttons in the code window.
Select and highlight your Initiator button, then click on the
arrow box alongside the required linking property and select your Target button.
Exclusive Links - Code Button to Code Button
Two or more Code buttons can be exclusively linked. This means when one button is active and
a linked button is pressed, the first button will be de-activated (stop coding) and the second be
activated (start coding). The coding properties of these linked buttons will be mutually exclusive.
This feature is great for rapid change of direction, one click to stop one button and start another.
Very commonly used for coding offense and defense possessions.
An Exclusive Link line is colored purple and has no directional arrow.
You may override the properties of an exclusive link and activate a button while a button to which it
is linked is still active, by holding down the function key while pressing the new code button.
Remove a Link
1.
Click on the Link which is to be removed. It will assume a blue border to indicate that it is
selected. Press the Delete Key. or ..:
2.
Select and highlight your Initiator button, then click on the arrow box alongside the required
linking property to display the list of available buttons and deselect the Target button:
1.
A quick way to add a graphic to a code window is to copy (COMMAND+C) from any
drawing software.
Using a Mac OS feature, you can select a picture or graphic from anything on the screen. Press
SHIFT+CONTROL+COMMAND+4 keys, then click and drag over the area to be copied. Paste your
copied image into the code window (COMMAND+V).
2.
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To paste an image to an existing button, press the CONTROL key and click on the button.
From the drop down menu select Paste image.
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Button Appearance
Use an Image as a Button Fill
At the top of the Appearance Panel is a box which
represents the button in the coding form which is
highlighted if that button has an image in it. Any image
can be used to fill any button in the Code Window. To
place an image into a button, (or replace the image in
a button,) just select the image and drag it to the box
in the Appearance Panel and drop it. By default the
image will be resized to fit the size and shape of the
box and therefore the button. You may reset the image
dimensions to the original image size and shape by
clicking the button below the box, this will resize the
button in the Code Window to fit the original image
size. Or, use COMMAND + CNTRL + SHIFT + 3 to copy
an image to the clipboard and then COMMAND + V to
paste the image directly into the target button in the
Code Window. In this case, by default the image will
assume the size of the original image. If an image is
copied directly into a Code Window it will by default
create a Code button.
Change A Button Color
Click on the “Background color” pane and drag your
cursor to the color chip in the color palette to select a
color. Code rows can be sorted by color.
Set or Change the Color of a Button Border
You may set or change a colored border around a button. Click on the Stroke color pane and drag
your cursor to the color chip in the color palette.
Border Width
The width of the border around a button can be increased or decreased by clicking the up or down
arrows. The border is contained within the existing size boundaries of the button.
Lock a Button Position
Check the Lock position check box to lock the button in place in the Code Window. This
will also prevent the button from being deleted accidently.
Show Identifiers
This box is ticked by default. It displays the button identifier symbol. Uncheck this box if you do not
want the symbol displayed.
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Wrap Text
If this box is ticked, text will be wrapped within the horizontal confines of the button. If the box is not
ticked, text will display on one line and extend beyond the horizontal borders of the button.
Display Button Name or Hotkey
Tick the check boxes adjacent to the identifier to display the button name or Hotkey. If the box is not
ticked, these properties will not be displayed.
Edit a Button Font
The Font properties of the Button Name, Hotkey and Statistical
Output which may be displayed (font family, typeface, size, color
etc) can be edited by clicking the “Edit Form” button adjacent to
the checkbox and identifier for each of these. This can also be
accessed by highlighting the button in the Code Window and
selecting the Font icon from the Toolbar. Make your selection
from the drop down panel. You may choose to edit any number
of these from the Edit Font panel, by specifying your selection(s)
from the boxes at the base of the panel
Button Opacity
You may set or alter the opacity (transparency) of a button in the Code Window by dragging the
slider - left for less opaque (less visible) and right for more opaque (more visible.)
Change the Position of a Button Name or Hotkey
1.
2.
Click on the points of the text positioning tool.
Click in the center box to reset the position to the center of the button.
Button Geometry
The Button Geometry panel provides the facility
to precisely position your button within the Code
window and to precisely determine the size of a
button. Each display has an up and down arrow to
increase or decrease the value in the display.
The X displays the position of the button from the left side of the Code window. Increasing the value
will move the entire button to the right, decreasing the value will move the button to the left. The Y
displays the position of the button from the top of the Code window. Increasing the value will move
the entire button Down in the window, decreasing the value will move the button Up.
The Width displays the size of the button from left to right. Increasing the value will move the right
side of the button to the right, decreasing the value will move the right side of the button to the left.
The Height displays the of the button from top to bottom. Increasing the value will move the bottom
of the button Down , decreasing the value will move the bottom of the button Up.
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Modes of the Code Window
Capture Mode
When in Capture mode, activating buttons in the Code Window will
create instances in the Timeline in Current Time. (refer to the definition
of Current Time in the Capture section of the manual)
During capture any of the 4 modes in the Code window can be used without affecting the capture.
Code Mode
Code Mode will insert instances at the position of the playhead on the
timeline. When a code button is clicked to start marking an instance,
the instance will start at the playhead if no lead time is set for the
button.
After the movie is captured and available in a timeline, coding can be done by dragging the
playhead to any location or using the movie controls such as fast forward, even the playback speed
can be set faster in the floating toolbar.
During capture, this can be used to code behind the capturing movie, a great option for live coding.
Instances can be coded very accurately and precisely. There is a small time gap between the capture
and the timeline movie that cannot be coded during capture.
Coding Instances
a. From a movie already linked to a Timeline
Open a code window and movie linked to a timeline, then press the Code mode button and the
movie will play. When you see an event in your movie that you want to code, click on the relevant
code button or use your preset hot key. The button highlights while it is actively marking and,
(unless a lag time has been specified for the button,) it will need to be clicked again for it to mark the
end of the Instance. It will have a red frame if it was the last button closed.
If the button has been customized with a specified lag time, you will see a grey bar fill the button
until the lag time runs out.
Note : the video must be playing in order for the grey bar to activate. ie. If you are coding with the
movie paused, and click on a button with a lag function, you will not get the grey bar.
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b. From a movie not linked to a Timeline
Open a new Timeline , File > New > Timeline
Select the movie file you wish to code/link to the Timeline - Click Open
Answer “YES” to question “Do you wish to place the movie inside a movie package?”
Then proceed per (a) above.
Stop Coding
To stop coding your movie, (halt Code mode,) click on the Edit Button in the Code Window Toolbar.
This will also stop the movie.
Pause / Restart Coding
To pause the coding (and pause the movie,) of the Timeline and then to restart the coding press the
Space bar on the keyboard.
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Edit Mode
Populate your Code window using Edit mode. Drag buttons into the
window and use the Inspector tomanipulate the button behavior and
appearance.
Create a New Code Window Using an Existing One
1.
Open the code window you want to use as a template.
2.
Make the required button name changes for the new code window.
3.
Choose File > Save as (COMMAND+SHIFT+S) and give the code window a new name.
Code windows can be moved from computer to computer without any problems just like any other
type of file. You can share your work and have everyone using the same terminology and coding
schemes.
Saving Code Windows
Once you have created all your code buttons, save the code window. You can use this as a template
for other windows or use it to code any movie. This saves time as you will not have to create all the
buttons again and you can have as many code windows as you like.
1. Choose File > Save from the main menu bar (COMMAND+S)
2. Name the code window.
3. Target where to save the file.
4. If you have saved the code window to your desktop, it becomes
an icon.
5. Double click on the icon to open it.
Print the Code Window
Use the normal system print function to print the code window.
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The Timeline
IMPORTANT :Refer to the Preferences Section on Page 6 of this manual for your
preferred settings for this function. It is important that your settings are correctly
configured if this function is to provide you with the optimum results.
When your timeline and movie are open, the movie is
generally displayed in the top of the screen and the
attached timeline below it.
Components of the Timeline
t A timeline of your movie represented in hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds.
The movie will play from the location of the playhead in this timeline. The playhead is the small
triangle pointing in a downward direction.
Code Rows are populated from code buttons or created manually. During
coding from the Code Window. Code Rows are created in the chronological
order in which they are first pressed down.
The “boxes” in the Timeline row display nstances and where they
happen within your movie.
A tool bar to conveniently access all the tools for editing and presenting your instances.
The Playhead which can be dragged right or left to move through time in the movie
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The Timeline Toolbar
Make Movie
Makes movie out of selected instances. Refer to page 78
Database
Saves an instance or group of instances to a pre-created database. Refer to page 97
Note
Opens the Edit instance window. Instance notes will also be displayed here. Refer to
page 104
New Row
Adds a new blank row to the Timeline. Refer to page 93
New Merged Row
Creates a new row from selected instances in the Timeline. Refer to page 93
Reports
Exports the selected instances as a .codereport package for viewing with Sportstec
Player.
Colors
Click this button to display a color palette to color timeline rows
Fonts
Click this button to display a window to manipulate the text font type, size and color.
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Settings
Clicking the Settings button will display the following drop down panel :
Merge Rows plays instance movies in chronological order regardless of the row the instance is in.
Sequential Rows plays instance movies from row A then row B etc.
Selection Order plays instance movies in the order that the instances were selected. Select instances
by holding Command and clicking instances in the order required.
When Append slow is ticked, the instance movie you make will play in real speed first followed
immediately in slow motion, (default speed is 50% real speed.)
By selecting Instance notes, the text track will be displayed at the bottom of the instance movie
screen. Instance notes and Append slow can not be used together.
By selecting Overlay text, the row name, instance number and text labels will be displayed over the
movie as it plays
The Lines field allows you to specify the number of lines of text displayed at a time in the instance
movie.
When you right click (Control + Click) on an instance in the Timeline, the Labels Tree for that Timeline
will be displayed in a drop down panel. The labels and label groups which are available will be
displayed. The groups will be indicated by an arrow marker, hover the cursor over the group name to
display the labels in that group.
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Create a New Timeline
Timelines are always created during capture. However, there are times when you will want to link a
new timeline to the movie so you can code a different aspect, or multiple users are coding the same
movie and you want to keep the data separated.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Choose File > New > Timeline from the main menu bar.
Select the movie you wish to link the new timeline to.
Save the new timeline by pressing COMMAND+S or choose File > Save from the main menu bar.
Open a code window to code thee movie.
You can now press the Code mode button in the code window toolbar to code the movie.
Alternatively you can create and modify instances manually.
Movie Packaging
We recommend always packaging movies. A package is a folder with files inside, Mac OS X simply
recognizes it as a single file. This makes it very convenient to move around and not lose any
necessary files.
A definite trend is users are acquiring video files over the internet. While this is a great convenience,
the quality and creation process is largely unknown. What you download is what you get, in most
situations there is no knowledge on how the video was created and what tools were used to
compress, etc. Some of these movies will have different movie data containers that may be corrupted
by Quicktime when there are attempts to write data back into the file. This is why it is best to always
package the movies. The packaging process places the source movie in a movie data folder, then
creates a reference movie that points to the source movie. Any changes to aspect ratio or text track
information of the movie is saved in the reference movie and we never have to touch the actual
source movie.
If a new timeline is linked to a free standing movie, a prompt will appear asking whether or not you
wish to place the movie inside a movie package. We highly recommend answering yes to this
question. The process is very quick, it simply wraps up the movie and timeline inside a package. It
does not copy any data like the Save as standalone package does.
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Place front movie and timeline inside a movie package
In previous versions of Gamebreaker Plus, it was common practice to have a free standing movie
and timeline file. If you have this situation, package them. Open the timeline and choose File > Place
front movie and timeline inside a movie package. It will package them up together.
Note: Timeline files can still be free standing as long as the movie is packaged. You can have as many timelines pointing
at a single package as you wish.
Timeline Backup Folder
To replace an existing timeline with a backup timeline. Open the package, navigate into the BACKUP
folder, then drag and drop the backup timeline next to the existing one in the folder above and
delete the existing timeline. When you double click on the package, the backup timeline will open as
the default timeline. The file name can be changed if desired.
The Timeline Timecode
This function is to help integrate specific time based imports, (such as GPSports and NHL EVS.) into a
Gamebreaker Plus Timeline.
There is a preference in the Cature Preferences, “Use Timecode produced from capturing device”.
When this is ticked, a Timecode track will be created in the movie from the data that the device is
outputting. Remember to set the correct time on the camera or device that is being used to capture
from. The Timeline timecode can be altered by right clicking on the Timeline timecode counter
situated above the row column in the Timeline window. Right clicking (Control + Click) on the
counter will reveal a Pop up menu, these are the options:
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Use movie time, this option displays standard movie time hh:mm:ss:hshs. The “hs” is hundredths
of seconds.
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Use Timecode, this option displays the timecode in terms of 24 hour time as in the time of
day. The numbers will be displayed in blue. This is useful for setting the time of day of an event.
NOTE: Changing the counter to display this might show the time at which the capture was done.
This can be read from the camera or capture hardware that is connected. Be sure to set the
camera time, so the correct time is captured. Breaking the timecode into segments along the
timeline is not possible. The timecode will roll over to 00:00:00.00 when the playhead is dragged
past 23:59:59.99. This means the playhead was dragged past midnight.
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Set movie time to zero, this option resets the movie time to 00:00:00.00 according to the
location of the playhead. The time will be displayed in red when the numbers are “negative” or
the playhead is set before the new zero point.
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Set TimeCode, this option reveals a menu from the timeline title bar. The time can be set here
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Delete TimeCode track, this option removes the Timecode track. It can be readded by using the
Set TimeCode function, but the original one that may have been done during capture cannot be
brought back.
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Use frames for TimeCode, this option will display the hundredths of seconds in frames.
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Importing Files
Gamebreaker Plus can import a vast array of textual data. Most of the imports are sport specific and
are very straight forward. However, if there is a problem please let Sportstec know as it is likely the
third party data source has changed its data structure.
Imports can be accessed from the Main Menu > File > Import >
All compatible third party imports are listed in the Other tab.
An important item to note about importing is movie and data synchronization, it is very likely that
adjustments will have to made on the instances after the import. We recommend getting familiar
with the Instance Adjustments and nudging features in the Edit menu.
Each import has a specific format and data structure. Only the Edit List and Gamebreaker Plus XML
will be explained in great detail as we export both of these types of files. These are also commonly
used in third party solutions to feed data into Gamebreaker Plus. There are quite a few users
generating or converting data from external sources beyond Gamebreaker Plus.
Edit List
This import is mostly used in conjunction with a spreadsheet editor like Excel. Try exporting an edit
list from Gamebreaker Plus and look at its structure.
Note that Excel might insert hidden characters, so use the export as tab delimited file if creating an
edit list in excel.
The file to be imported must be tab delimited file with the following columns in order and included
as the first line:
start time
end time
category
Nth instance
#descriptors
descriptors...
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The start time and end time must be in 00:00:00:00 format. These columns set the start
and end time for the instance.
The category column represents the timeline row.
Nth instance is the number of the instance in the row.# descriptors indicates how labels
are in the instance.
# descriptors indicates how labels are in the instance.
descriptors... are the label names that are in the instances. The amount should match the #
descriptors and each label should be separated by a tab.
Each instance must be on a separate line.
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START TIME
END TIME
CATEGORY
NTH INSTANCE
# DESCRIPTORS
DESCRIPTORS...
00:00:00:10
00:00:01:60
single blows
00:00:01:80
00:00:03:30
single blows
1
2
straight right jab
2
1
00:00:03:50
00:00:05:00
straight right
single blows
3
1
left hook
00:00:05:68
00:00:07:38
00:00:07:18
single blows
4
1
left hook
00:00:08:88
single blows
5
1
left hook
00:00:09:08
00:00:10:58
single blows
6
1
left hook
00:00:10:78
00:00:12:28
single blows
7
1
left hook
00:00:12:48
00:00:13:98
single blows Foot view
1
1
straight right
00:00:14:18
00:00:15:68
single blows Foot view
2
1
straight right
00:00:15:88
00:00:17:38
single blows Foot view
3
1
right cross
To use this import, open a timeline and choose File > Import > Edit list... The instances will be
imported into the front-most timeline in your working window.
XML Edit List
Similar to the traditional Excel type Edit list file, an XML edit list file can be employed. The XML
file format offers a bi-directional method to push and pull data though Gamebreaker Plus. We
recommend using the XML import over the Edit List because it is offers more options and is easily
extended. Plus, this is the only format that Gamebreaker Plus can import live during capture. When
using the Gamebreaker Plus capture window a time code track based from the computer’s clock will
be added to the movie.
The XML file can handle labels, label groups, instance notes, row colors, row sorting and time
synchronisation where the traditional edit list does not offer this.
Note! Our XML file breaks strict XML standards, however the format follows the nested hierarchical
nature (1 root element, elements and sub-elements) of standard XML structure. But, does not
include special character handling in the element’s contents. Some characters such ampersand
should be represented as ampersand if used as content in code, label, label group, and instance note
elements. Do not use the special XML character handling routines. We admit to a loose interruption
to the standard and apologise for any inconveniences. It is likely in the future we will tighten this up
like we have done in the Matrix web exports.
Here is a short example of an XML edit list to get you started. We have added indenting and styling
to better display the nesting of the tags and make it more readable. Often XML files will not have this
nice indentation making them a little more intimidating. Just know this is not a necessity.
You can try copying and pasting this example into TextEdit or some other text editor like Text
Wrangler, then changing some of the content between the elements and importing it into
SportsCode. For those not familiar with XML, remember, all open tags must also be closed,
i.e. </TAGNAME>. If the file is not formatted perfectly in this way, it will not import.
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<file>
<SESSION_INFO>
<start_time>2010-03-10 21:21:39.63 +1100</start_time>
</SESSION_INFO>
<SORT_INFO>
<sort_type>sort order</sort_type>
</SORT_INFO>
<ALL_INSTANCES>
<instance>
<ID>1</ID>
<start>4.9984074982</start>
<end>10.0046128241</end>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<label>
<text>First Step</text>
</label>
label>
<group>Speed</group>
<text>Fast</text>
</label>
<free_text>This is a great example of a fast first step.</free_text>
</instance>
<instance>
<ID>2</ID>
<start>29.0119131044</start>
<end>59.2852137351</end>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<label>
<text>First Step</text>
</label>
<label>
<group>Speed</group>
<text>Fast</text>
</label>
<free_text>This is another great example of a fast first step.</free_text>
</instance>
</ALL_INSTANCES>
<ROWS>
<row>
<sort_order>1</sort_order>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<R>65535</R>
<G>4139</G>
<B>4139</B>
</row>
</ROWS>
</file>
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Reading down the above example from top to bottom, below is a description for each element
found in the file. For interest of saving space and paper, not all descriptions will include excerpts
from this example. Please refer to the example above for elements that embody many sub-elements.
<file>
The XML must start with <file> and end with </file>. This is the root element. This sets the block of
data for Gamebreaker Plus to read.
<SESSION_INFO>
This is time stamp that indicates when the coding session commenced. The time stamp is used
to calculate the offset between a Gamebreaker Plus capture session and the incoming XML data
session start time. This offset allows for seamless time synchronisation between the two separate
systems. System time should be synchronised on any machines in the workflow. All instances must
relate back to this time.
There are two supported date strings:
. yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SS Z
. yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss Z
This is the preferred format.
Example:
<SESSION_INFO>
<start_time>2010-03-10 21:21:39.63 +1100</start_time>
</SESSION_INFO
<SORT_INFO>
Sorting order can be included in order for the timeline rows to be automatically sorted when
they are imported. This is rather important for a better end user experience. So it should be highly
considered especially when importing live XML data during captures.
The <SORT_INFO> element has a sub-element called <sort_type>. This element tells the timeline
how it should sort the rows.
The options for sorting are:
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<sort_type>sort order</sort_type> - sort order indicates that a specific order must be followed
during the import. The import routine will look in the <row> element to find a value to assign a
priority for the sort.
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<sort_order>1<sort_order> - <sort_order> is set in the <row> element. Its contents should
be represented by an integer or float: 1,2,3 or 1.1, 1.2, 1.3. The smaller the number, the higher
priority the sort will be. The highest priority will be the first (top) row in the timeline. We
recommend using integers, but floats can be handy if you need to insert something at a later
date.
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<sort_type>color</sort_type> - color sorts the rows automatically by color using Gamebreaker
Plus’s standard color sorting method.
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<sort_type>name</sort_type> - name sorts the rows by name alphabetically
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<sort_type>color then name</sort_type> - color then name sorts the rows by color then name
alphabetically
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<sort_type>instance count</sort_type> - instance count sorts the rows according to the
number of instances, greatest being first row.
Example:
<SORT_INFO>
<sort_type>sort order</sort_type>
</SORT_INFO>
The sorting methods are similar to those found under the Rows menu in the Main menu. Try
opening an existing timeline and use the various sorting options to find out what will work best. We
recommend experimenting using color and name. Color is a really good way to achieve nicely sorted
and presentable timelines.
<ALL_INSTANCES>
This declares the parent element for all the <instance> sub-elements. This is where the real work
begins, this element contains all the instances that appear in your timeline. See this in the short
example at the beginning of this section of the manual. It follows the <SORT_INFO> element.
<instance>
The <instance> element represents a single instance in the timeline and all the sub-elements
contained within will describe the instance to be represented in the timeline until closed with </
instance>. It is a sub-element of <ALL_INSTANCES>.
Example:
<instance>
<ID>1</ID>
<start>4.9984074982</start>
<end>10.0046128241</end>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<label>
<text>First Step</text>
</label>
<label>
<group>Speed</group>
<text>Fast</text>
</label>
<free_text>This is a great example of a fast first step.</free_text>
</instance>
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<ID>
<ID> is a unique identifier for the instance. Each instance must have a unique identifier, no two can
be the same and there can only be one of these elements per <instance> element. This is a subelement of <instance> and its content must be represented as an integer.
Example:
<ID>1</ID>
<start>
This sets the start time for the instance in the timeline. It’s contents represent seconds. The contents
can be an integer or float with precision up to 10 decimal places. This is a sub-element of <instance>
and there can only be one of these elements per <instance> element.
Example:
<start>4.9984074982</start>
<start>
Like <start>, <end> sets the end time for the instance in the timeline. It’s contents represent seconds.
The contents can be an integer or float with precision up to 10 decimal places. This is a sub-element
of <instance> and there can only be one of these elements per <instance> element.
<code>
The contents of the <code> element sets the row name in the timeline where the instance will
be created. This is a sub-element of <instance> and there can only be one of these elements per
<instance> element.
Example:
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<free_text>
The <free_text> sub-element’s contents are the instances notes contained in an instance in the
timeline. There can be only one <free_text> sub-element per <instance> element. To learn more
about instance notes, see page 101 in this manual.
Example:
<free_text>This is a great example of a fast first step.</free_text>
The last section of the example describes each rows color and sorting in the timeline.
<ROWS>
The <ROWS> element starts the section that tells Gamebreaker Plus how to represent the code rows
in the timeline. It is an element of the root element <file>. It contains sub-elements that indicate
color for specific <code> sub-elements and provides sorting order information when the <sort_
order> sub-element is used.
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Example:
<ROWS>
<row>
<sort_order>1</sort_order>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<R>65535</R>
<G>4139</G>
<B>4139</B>
</row>
</ROWS>
<row>
The <row> sub-element represents information about a specific row’s representation in the timeline.
There can as many <row> sub-elements as required.
<sort_order>
As described above, the <sort_order> sub-element sets the sort priority when the <sort_type>
sub-element contents of the <SORT_INFO> element are set to “sort order”. There can be only one
<sort_order> sub-element per <row> sub_element and it is a sub-element of <row>.
<code>
The <code> sub-element’s contents tells the timeline which row it’s data is referring to. This where
the relationship between the <instance> sub-elements and the <row> sub-elements is made. There
can be only one <code> sub-element per <row> sub_element and it is a sub-element of <row>.
<R>
The <R> sub-element’s contents represent the color red in 16 bit RGB. It’s contents must be an
integer from 0 to 65535. It is a sub-element of <row> and there can only be one per <row> subelement.
<G>
The <G> sub-element’s contents represent the color green in 16 bit RGB. It’s contents must be an
integer from 0 to 65535. It is a sub-element of <row> and there can only be one per <row> subelement.
<B>
The <B> sub-element’s contents represent the color blue in 16 bit RGB. It’s contents must be an
integer from 0 to 65535. It is a sub-element of <row> and there can only be one per <row> subelement.
A helpful tool for finding color values on your Mac, is to use DigitalColor Meter. It can be found in the
/Applications/Utilities folder. Set it to display RGB As Actual Value, 16-bit.
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Champion Data AFL Basic
The Champion Data Basic and Enhanced import imports an AFL match data file supplied by the
stats provider Champion Data. This import creates instances with labels for player involvements,
stoppages and possessions. It is designed to be used with 4 complete quarters of AFL video. The
entire match must be in the video in its entirety. If there are missing sections of the video, the
instances will not match up to the footage. We suggest breaking the match up into 4 separate
movies, then linking the resulting timelines to each video, combining the 4 timelines in order, then
save as a standalone package.
The steps for importing the basic version are:
1. Choose File > Import > Champion Data basic AFL...,
navigate to the Champion data file.
2. An import window will appear where you can choose
the quarter and length of the instances that will be
created.
3. A timeline will be created to link the corresponding
movie to.
4. Repeat the process for all quarters.
For better statistical representation in the matrix unselect
Merge overlapping instances, this will create instances
that are counted in the matrix accurately to a stat sheet.
By default, this selected because it creates instances that
are longer and easier to view passages of play.
To import the Enchanced version, Choose File > Import > Champion Data enhanced AFL.... Navigate
to the XML file provided by Champion Data, select and click the open button. Four timelines will
appear after the import is completed.
The enhanced import reads a plist that can be edited to change the way in which the data is
interpreted and imported into the timeline. Contact Sportstec support staff to make changes to this
file.
Sporting Pulse
This feature imports XML data from Sporting Pulse systems.
Website Imports
There are five imports that use play by play data posted on websites to generate data in a timeline.
Like the NBA Stats data import these imports rely on the official game clock to calculate where the
instances should be created in the movie. So, creating a video file that matches the length of the
official game time is critical. It is often difficult to tell when the official game is running or stopped,
so practice is necessary to master creating an edited video file that will match the game clock events
in the play by play.
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a) StatCrew Web Stats
1.
This import is designed to be used with the StatCrew play by play report generated by the
StatCrew scoring software. This is a very common game stat package in the United States.
2. Create a row of instances that mark exactly when the game clock is running. Name the row
something that indicates what is, i.e. 40 MIN. When a movie is made for the row, it should be
precisely 40 minutes long, 20 minutes per half.
3. Open a browser and navigate to a StatCrew play by play on a website. The raw data file can also
be used if is accessible. In the United States, often the Sports Information Director can get this
file.
4. Select all the play by play text beginning from the first tip to end of the game.
5. Press COMMAND+C to copy the text.
6. Select the row in the timeline with the 40 minutes of instances, 40 MIN.
7. Choose File > Import > Paste StatCrew web stats...
b) ESPN web stats
The ESPN website stats import works exactly the same as the StatCrew import. The only difference
is the play by play information must be copied from the ESPN college basketball website where the
data structure is slightly different from the StatCrew import. The steps to import and results of the
import are the nearly the same.
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GPSports Data
The GPSports import is a time based import using the time
of day as timecode base. The timeline and xml produced
by GPSports must be in synch in order for the instances to
match up. Use the timeline timecode procedures to alter
the timeline timecode.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Export an XML file from GPSports system.
Open timeline that corresponds with GPSport data
Choose File > Import > GPSports data...
Choose the GPSports XML data file to import.
The import settings dialog will open.
The import settings are based on creating instances using
ranges of data found in heart rate and speed.
Heart Rate uses percentage of maximum heart rate found
in the data file for the athlete.
Start by setting the bottom of the range, then work up the text boxes. The minimum range will
become one greater than the maximum set for the range below it.
The actual heart ranges are displayed automatically according to percentage.
Speed uses the data found in each sample in the XML file. This is a tag in the GPSports XML file.
Start by setting the bottom of the range, then work up the text boxes. The minimum range will
become one greater than the maximum set for the range below it.
The range names can be set by typing in the text boxes to the left of the ranges. The names will be
used in the name of the row. This makes it easier to identify the speeds in the timeline.
The results produce a gross timeline graph of the Speed and HR changes throughout the game.
Polar Heartrate data
This import works similarto the GPSports import.
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Capture
IMPORTANT :Refer to the Preferences Section on Page 6 of this manual for your
preferred settings for this function. It is important that your settings are correctly
configured if this function is to provide you with the optimum results.
We define capture as the process of recording a sequence of images from a video source such as
a camera or digital convertor into a file on the internal hard disk of the computer or other storage
device. The capture window supports various PCI capture cards, firewire and USB cameras such as a
webcam. Warning: The USB port in most hard disk drive or SD card cameras is for file transfer only, it
does NOT output a video stream. So, many of these cameras cannot be used for live capture.
Making the connections
When connecting any video devices for capture, try to visualize the video signal flow. Drawing the
signal flow on paper can be very helpful. Start by identifying the source and destination connectors
physically on the devices, then map out how they are going to connect to each other, matching
video out to video in accordingly.
For instance, if you are sourcing the video from a satellite receiver, you are likely going to be using an
analog to digital convertor as a bridge from the source to the capturing computer.
Signal Flow
Satellite Video Out > Convertor Video In > Convertor Firewire Out > Computer Firewire In
So, the signal flow will start at the video out connector of the satellite box, travel to the video in
connector on the convertor using a rca cable, then travel to the computer using a firewire cable. Set
the convertor settings to analog input if automatic detection is not enabled.
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AV Foundation Capture
AV Foundation Capture is the default preference for Capture. AV Foundation capture is a capture
option which allows the user to achieve compression on the fly but still free up the CPU for other
tasks.
You will recognise the AV Foundation capture window by the Floating toolbar and the absence of a
panel at the base of the window containing capture settings. In AV Foundation capture these
settings are contained in the Inspector which is accessed by clicking the
button in the
floating toolbar.
Press the Capture button at the left of the toolbar to start and/or stop the capture
Press the pause button to start or stop pause
Move the volume control slider to the right to increase the speaker
volume (output) and to the left to decrease it
There are 3 “HUD” (Heads Up Display) icons which have the following functions
The microphone icon displays the audio input levels for the capture
The dial display provides settings information prior capture and then capture status
information during the capture
The Inspector icon opens the Inspector window to determine capture settings
General Settings
Video Source : Reflects the attached video sources. Facetime Camera will always be present and any
other sources will be listed below it.
Video Format : Reflects the formats available for the video source selected.
Frame/sec : Reflects the output selected from the recording device or interface box.
Proportions : Nominally, “From Device” is required. In special cases ie. the use of ADVC-55 with a
wide screen input, will require the proportion setting 16 x 9 to be selected.
Audio Source : Normally you would select “Output from Video Device”. Where an external audio
source is required, then this should be selected.
Audio Format : Choose the compression settings that you require.
Capture Preset : This is the list of presets available in the presets pane. Will include any personal
presets that you have defined.
Audio Channels : Select the number of channels you require.
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Presets
NOTE : If you choose a SportsCode preset as listed below, none of the settings are editable. If you
choose a SportsCode preset and duplicate it, (Personal preset), then all of the settings are editable.
High Quality
iPhone
iPod
Apple TV
iPad
Uncompressed
WiFi
Cellular
Apple Pro Res 422
Personal Presets : As defined by the User
Video
Codec
Frame Size
Camera Dimensions
Scaling
Bit rate
Quality
Key Frames
Profile
Audio
Codec
Linear PCM
Sample Rate
Bit Rate
Channels
Log
A chronological record of all the actions which
take place during the capture process.
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Quicktime Capture
The capture window can be directly accessed in several ways:
By clicking on the Capture Mode icon in
the Code Window toolbar .
Through the main menu: Capture > Open capture
window.
A keyboard shortcut: ⌘R
Before opening the capture window, connect the
camera or video source to your computer.
When the capture window is opened, it will search for any connected video sources. If it does not
find an attached sources, it will default to the built-in iSight camera if available on the computer
otherwise it will indicate none available. This is useful to know when testing connectivity between
computer and video sources.
The cable used to connect a camera is likely to be a 9-pin to 4-pin or 6-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable.
The 9-pin or 6-pin end of the cable connects to the computer and the 4-pin connects to the camera.
Digital converters generally have a 6-pin connector, some have both 4-pin and 6-pin.
Setting Video and Audio Sources
The video and audio input sources can be set in the capture window below the video preview
window.
To change the video source, click on the drop down menu next to the camera icon
. Choose the source from the list. A camera or other device should appear in the
menu if properly connected.
To change the audio source, click on the drop down menu next to the microphone icon
. If a camera or other external device is used for capture, this option will be
greyed out.
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Compression Options
The capture window has options to change the encoding method that is used while capturing
the movie. The encoding method is referred to as a codec. Codec stands for compression
/ decompression and is the way in which the data is stored (compressed) and presented
(decompressed).
For many capture workflows, the native codec used by the source might not produce the optimal
results, so a different codec might be chosen to use during capture. This is common to reduce the file
size. For example, the DV codec produces very good quality video, but the file size is quite large. So,
as a way of reducing the file size, capture using the H.264 or MPEG-4 codec option. While the quality
is not as good, it is much easier to transfer and store the smaller files.
While choosing different codecs from the native ones is a great option, be aware that it requires
more CPU to recompress the files on the fly. We recommend doing a lot of testing to guarantee that
the options used during capture will work through the entire span of the video workflow. You might
find that your computer is not powerful enough to handle capture, recompression and coding at
the same time. You could also find that the chosen video codec will not work in some third party
software involved in your workflow.
Video Codecs
There are 3 codec choices for the video component of capture apart from the device’s native video
codec. These are designed by Apple to produce the best results possible. The video codec options
can be accessed by clicking on the drop down menu to the right of the video source drop down.
Device Native - The capture will use the settings that are coming from the source.
We recommend using this option in most cases as it reduces the load on the cpu
and results in the highest quality possible. A common native codec is DV. DV files
will be 13.76GB per hour.
Apple Intermediate - This is a codec designed by Apple to be an intermediate format in an HDV
workflow. This codec produces very large and high quality video files while not requiring a lot of
cpu work to do so. Files are roughly 20GB per hour. This is a great codec to use when you want a
high quality master that will be used to create other videos such as for iPod or streaming over the
internet.
H.264 - This option compresses the video into the H.264 codec, a derivative of MPEG- There are
4options while using this codec, the options only change the frame size thus reducing the file size.
We recommend using the H.264 SD for standard definition video sources or H.264 HD 720 option for
high definition video sources for most occasions. The data rate will vary according to images being
processed.
MPEG-4 - This option compresses into the MPEG-4 codec. Like H.264, there are 3 options, each one
uses a different frame thus resulting in a smaller file. This has traditionally been the codec of choice
for capturing good quality files with relatively small file sizes. Files will be roughly 2GB per hour.
H.264 will supercede this codec in the future.
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Audio Codecs
And there are 3 choices for the audio component of capture apart from the device’s native audio
codec. Generally speaking, audio codec settings are largely ignored as when compared to video,
mainly because the size of the audio component is insignificant to that of video. For the most part
using the Device Native settings will be perfect. However to save a little space, using AAC High
Quality is a good option.
Next to the audio source drop down menu are the compression options. By default, the menu
selection is set to Device Native.
Device Native - This will capture using whatever the device is outputting.
AAC High Quality - This delivers a CD quality audio track at 128kbps.
AAC Voice Quality - This delivers a low quality audio track at 32kbps.
Apple Lossless - This delivers a very high quality audio track that is quite large in size depending
on the audio that is being recorded. This is a good option to use if recording using external
microphones and audio is really important to the video.
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Convert Movie Package
During capture, an extra movie package can be created. An additional compression process can be
enabled that will compress a capturing file live using custom settings. This feature can be turned on
at the bottom of the save dialog box when naming the capture file.
Select the “Convert movie package” tick box and set the desired compression settings. This option is
only available when capturing using Device Native or Apple Intermediate codecs. An additional
option to this, is to create single movie in the captured package once the export is complete. This
will create a single file from all the movie segments inside the package. It is recommended to do this
as it makes the package void of file references. A definite plus in terms of file portability, plus it allows
the file to be extracted from the package and directly uploaded to Sportstec Stream or used more
easily in some other workflow.
When capture starts, the export movie window will appear. Each movie part that is captured will be
converted until all are converted. If the capture is
stopped and their many movie parts left to convert,
the extra compression will continue converting all
the parts in the package until it is finished or the
application is quitted. If the application is quitted
while there are still movie parts left to convert it will
start up again when the original movie package is
opened again. Once the extra export is complete, a
movie package with same name plus extra will be
found in the same folder as the original capture.
An export can be paused, cancelled or deleted anytime. To pause press the pause icon in the row to
the right of the progress bar. To cancel press the x icon to the right of the progress bar. To delete a
row in the queue, select the row and press DELETE on the keyboard.
The export window supports multiple items in the list. It is based on a first in first out queuing
system. So, more items can be added to the queue during capture and will be handled when the
previous item above it in the queue is completed. To add more items to the queue during capture,
say for instance multiple movie formats are desired, select the timeline window, then choose File >
Export > Timeline as new codec..., select the movie format and destination and add it to the queue.
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The Capture Window Toolbar
Capture / Stop Button
Press this button to start capture and to stop the capture. Click and holding down
the mouse button over the arrowhead symbol will reveal a drop down menu of
functional options.
Append Capture
Allows you to stop a capture and then resume the capture at another time by appending
the resumed capture to the initial capture reference movie file.
Pause / Resume
The Pause/Resume button allows you to pause the capture and then resume later.
You cannot logout of the capture or perform another task in Gamebreaker Plus
while the capture is paused.
Preferences
Takes you to the Preferences Window.
Current Time Display
Displays the current elapsed time of the capture.
Customise the Toolbar
Double click on any blank space in the toolbar to open the Customise panel which contains all the
toolbar feature icons. Click on the displayed icons to add them to or remove them from the active
toolbar.
Basic capture
Start to learn how to capture by stepping through the basics first.
Make sure the capture source, camera or convertor is connected and turned on. Or try using the
Built-in iSight camera.
Open the capture window by clicking on the Capture icon in the floating toolbar . This will open the
capture window and an image should appear in the window from the camera or convertor.
Press the red capture button to start capture
the click is held down while pressing the button.
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Name the file and choose a destination folder. The desktop is a good place to start capturing files to
as you will not lose them as easily.
Once capture has begun, a timeline window will pop up. This timeline allows live access to the
capturing file, all the features of the timeline can be used live during capture. This timeline will
continue to grow in length during the capture.
In the capture window, the status section in the bottom of the capture window will indicate:
captured file length, size and data rate. It will also indicate disk information: available space and
approximate capture length available according to remaining disk space.
At any time, the capture can be paused by clicking on the Pause button
after pausing press the Resume button .
. To continue capture
To stop the capture, press the stop button . A message will pop indicating the capture is complete.
The capture window will disappear and the timeline and movie window will remain.
Quick Capture
The quick capture feature is used to initiate capture instantaneously forgoing any save
options. By pressing CONTROL+COMMAND+R, capture will start immediately and the
movie will be saved in the quick recording folder with a date stamp as the name. This
feature can also be accessed in the drop down menu of the red capture button in the
capture window toolbar. While this is a convenient feature for rapidly starting capture, it
is mainly employed through the remote communications and iCal event captures.
Update Capture
During capture, a new file is written approximately every 5 seconds, then from these files
a continuous reference movie is created on the fly. This automatic update process can be
manually made to occur by pressing the update button in the capture toolbar. Pressing
update will start a new file. This is useful when using timeline share* or when exporting
movies through the matrix web export*.
View Capture Ratio
The ratio that the video is presented in the capture window can be adjusted by clicking on
the View Ratio button in the capture toolbar.
The settings for the ratios are:
Camera. This displays the native image ratio of the source.
Window. This displays the image to fit the size of the capture window.
1. 4x This displays the source image in a 4 by 3 ratio.
2. 16x This displays the source image in a 16 by 9 ratio.
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Full Screen Capture
Capture can be viewed in full screen by pressing the Full Screen button in the capture
toolbar. To exit full screen capture press the ESC key. When presenting the capture
window in full screen, coding cannot occur. This is for viewing purposes only.
Communicate & Communicate Only
For use with Remote Communication coding and capture only.
Refer to Page 72 for more detail.
Code Window functions during Capture
During capture, with a Code Window open, you may create instances in the Timeline using capture
mode (live capture) or code mode (after capture) or add labels to an instance (after instance has
been created). You may also add more buttons or labels to your code window or remove them.
Thus you may toggle between capture mode, code mode ,label mode, report mode and edit mode
without affecting the capture.
Add Capture Event to iCal
Movies can be captured using iCal events. Follow these steps to set up movie to be captured. This is
useful when you are not going to be at your computer when the performance is happening and you
want to setup of queue of movies to be captured consecutively.
1.
2.
3.
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Choose Capture > Add capture event to iCal from the main menu bar to open the iCal Capture
window.
In the iCal Capture window, choose a date for the event by clicking on the graphical calendar.
Set the start and end time using the appropriate controls.
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5.
6.
As a convenience, set the start time and use the slider to set the end time. If a longer end time is
required, increase the end time manually.
Input a name in the File name text box to be used for the captured file.
Press the Add to iCal button in the toolbar.
iCal will launch and a new calendar will be created called Gamebreaker Plus if one does not already
exist. An event will be added to the calendar using the settings from the iCal Capture window.
The event has a specific naming convention that must used.
<capture>”MOVIE NAME”
The movie file name will become the text inside the quotes. For instance, if the file name in the iCal
Capture window was “World Champs”, the iCal event will be named, <capture>”World Champs”. The
resulting captured file name will be World Champs.SCpkg. If this naming convention is not used,
Gamebreaker Plus will not capture properly. If you want to rename the event, change only the name
between the quotes in the iCal event.
The event will trigger Gamebreaker Plus to open 1 minute prior to the start of the event. Then using
the start and end times set in the event of the Gamebreaker Plus calendar, the capture will start and
end.
Note: Simultaneous events cannot be captured at the same time. Also, if using MobileMe synching and mulitple capture
computers, be careful not to sync the same calendars to all the machines.
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Synchronizing Sound and Video
When capturing or downloading video from the internet you may occasionally find inaccurate
sound and video synchronization in captured movies.
Most Common Problems that Occur are:
1.
The sound is offset by the same amount throughout the movie file.
2.
When capturing a long movie, the sound and video synchronization can be good at the start of
the video, but the further one goes, the more the sound and video synchronization becomes
a problem. In this case the scale of the video and sound is different and is a known problem in
Quicktime.
When Do Synchronization Problems Occur?
The problem of the gradual drift is most likely to occur when the pause/resume button in the
capture window is not used for extended periods of capture. These buttons start a new video file
each time they are used, so they can re-synchronize the video and sound. This is less common as
the capture window breaks the files up in 5 second chunks. But, video might be acquired from
other sources that exhibit the problem. Using the procedures below may not be very useful in
this situation, since there are variable length sections of video and sound and synchronization in
one area may lead to slight miss alignment in others. Fortunately, the contracting and expanding
procedures work best for movies created when the pause/resume button are not used because any
drift is constant across a single movie file.
1. In the main menu bar select Edit > Equalize track times. This can only be done after the movie
capture. However, it is not as accurate as equalizing during capture if your movie is made from more
than one file. You can choose to make the equalization permanent if your movie is attached to a
timeline window. This procedure stretches or contracts the length of the sound track to equal the
length of the video track. This feature is also useful for resetting the tracks when you have nudged,
expanded, or contracted the sound track and lost a synchronization point altogether.
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A. Synchronization of audio that is offset the same amount throughout a movie.
1. Move the timeline cursor to a section in the movie, near the start of the movie that can be
used to evaluate the synchronization.
2. Zoom in the timeline, turn on movie looping and play the timeline movie.
3. If the sound is slightly ahead of the video, select Edit > Nudge sound track left
(CONTROL+OPTION+COMMAND+L). This nudges the sound track one frame to the left. Hold
down the keys to repeat the nudge continuously.
4. If the sound is slightly behind the video, select Edit > Nudge sound track right
(CONTROL+OPTION+COMMAND+R). This nudges the sound track one frame to the right.
Hold down the keys to repeat the nudge continuously.
5. When you use these features the video and sound will pause, move in the direction specified
and resume play. If the video is attached to a timeline then Gamebreaker Plus will try to
update the movie resource, so the change is permanent.
6. Save timeline.
B. Synchronization of audio that is gradually drifting throughout a movie.
1. Move the timeline cursor to a point near the end of the movie.
2. Zoom in the timeline, turn on movie looping and play the timeline movie.
3. If the sound is slightly behind the video, select Edit > Contract sound track
(OPTION+COMMAND+L).
4. If the sound is slightly ahead the video, select Edit > Expand sound track
(OPTION+COMMAND+R).
5. When you use these features the video and sound will pause, move in the direction specified
and resume play. If the video is attached to a timeline then Gamebreaker Plus will try to
update the movie resource, so the change is permanent.
6. Save timeline.
Note: The anchor point for contracting and expanding the sound track is the beginning of the sound track at the
start of the movie. Contracting and expanding acts on the whole length of sound track.
Reset the sound and video tracks by choosing Edit > Equalize track times.
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Delete a Movie
Movie files are generally quite large, so space on your hard drive must be managed and organized
especially if you do not have any external storage.
1.
Drag the movie package to the trash can in the dock.
2.
Make sure Finder is the active by clicking on the desktop.
3.
Select Finder from the main menu bar and choose Empty Trash.
4.
The Finder shortcut to trash a file is COMMAND+DELETE. To empty the trash, the shortcut is
SHIFT+COMMAND+DELETE.
When you delete a movie file, we recommend saving the timeline file, so you can link it back to the
movie. Timelines are very small data files, often no more than 20KB. It is a common practice to export
the video to a dvd or tape for archiving purposes, then recapture the video and match the coded
information back to movie. To do this, create a folder, call it Timelines, then open a movie, click on
the timeline window and select File > Save as. Save the file in the Timelines folder. Now, you have
your timeline data saved and it can be matched back up to the video at a later date.
Linking Movies
If you want to re-capture a movie and link it to a saved timeline, you need to re-establish the link
between the two files.
Link a Re-Captured or another Movie to a Timeline:
1.
Open a Timeline file.
2.
From the Main Menu select : File>Link movie to timeline window
3.
Use the open dialogue box to locate the movie.
This links the selected movie with the codes.Save the Timeline once the link has been established.
If you open an unlinked timeline, Gamebreaker will immediately open the “Link Movie to Timeline
Window” dialog box.
Align Instances after Re-Capturing a Movie – Nudge Right Or Left
When you have re-captured a movie and re-linked it to a timeline, you may find the instances in the
timeline don’t line up with the relevant parts of the movie.
To correct this:
1.
2.
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Press SHIFT+COMMAND+L to nudge the instances to the left. This moves all the instances one
frame to the left. Hold the keys down to repeat the nudge continuously. The operation will
accelerate the longer the keys are held down.
Press SHIFT+COMMAND+R to nudge the instances to the right. This moves all instances one
frame to the right. Hold the keys down to repeat the nudge continuously.The operation will
accelerate the longer the keys are held down.
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Using the mouse to slide and move instances in the timeline.
When importing data from external sources, it is almost always necessary to push the instances
around to align them to the movie. There are 4 convenient mouse driven features to accomplish this.
1.
Set the playhead at the start point of an instance, hold down CTRL+COMMAND+Z, then click
and drag the playhead to point in the video where the instance should start. All the instances
in the timeline will move also. In most cases, this should synchronize all instances in the
timeline.
2.
Sometimes it is necessary to remove gaps between sections of instances in the timeline. This
is common if all the movies captured were paused at breaks in the action and the coded data
was time was not paused. To removed the gaps, set the playhead to the start time of the first
instance after the gap, hold down CTRL+COMMAND+X and drag the playhead to the left until
the instance aligns with the movie.
3.
Similar to CTRL+COMMAND+X, the playhead can be set at the last instance’s end time
preceding the gap, then choose Edit > Remove unused instance time to right of playhead
(OPTION+SHIFT+COMMMAND+L)
4.
If a mistake is made using “Remove unused instance time to right of playhead”, the instances
can be nudged back by holding down OPTION+SHIFT+COMMMAND+R. All the instances to the
right of playhead will nudged to the right, creating a gap.
Adjust Placement of Selected Instances
Instance adjustments can add or subtract time to any selected instances in a timeline.
In the main menu bar, choose Edit > Instance adjustments.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Mark In will add or subtract time from the beginning of an instance.
Mark Out will add or subtract time from the ending of instance.
Nudge clips will move the selected instances. Use a minus sign in front of the number to nudge
clips to the left.
Merge overlapping instances will create a single instance for instances that overlap.
Click on the adjust button once to make the adjustments that are ticked. The adjust button can be
clicked on as many times as required to make the necessary adjustments. It will continuously apply
the adjustments.
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The Communications Window
IMPORTANT :Refer to the Preferences Section on Page 11 of this manual for your
preferred settings for this function. It is important that your settings are correctly
configured if this function is to provide you with the optimum results.
Open the communications window by choosing File > Communication window.
The communication window is where clients can be added, suspended, removed and edited. Errors
and logs can be accessed for trouble shooting or basic monitoring. Capture can be started, paused,
resumed, and ended. The preference panel can be opened here too.
All available and connected Clients and Servers are shown in this window. The number of connected
Clients and Servers are shown in the list on the left edge of this window.
NOTE: If remote communications are required to be sent over the Internet, IT consultation will be a must. This will require
a high level of network experience and is a very involved setup. Please contact Sportstec to get more information on
setting up remote communications over the Internet.
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Remote Communications
This is a flexible network feature where a Gamebreaker Plus system connects to a SportsCode Elite
system as a “slave terminal” called a “Client Computer” for the purpose of coding and/or capture from
multiple computers.
SportsCode Elite remote communications are designed to provide one or more computers the
power to control and share information on multiple computers during the capture and coding
process. SportsCode Elite can start, pause, resume, and end capture on client computers over a local
area network or even over the Internet. Along with capture control commands, it can mirror code
window button pushes on one computer to another computer, so coded information can be shared
in near real time. Only SportsCode Elite or SportsCode Elite Review can send commands acting as a
server. Gamebreaker Plus versions can only execute commands acting as clients.
Like the Timeline Share feature, Remote Communications requires networking configuration. While
the communications feature is not nearly as intense on the network, we recommend running this
feature over a gigabit Ethernet network. This will insure that the best possible network environment
is in place. Wireless networks can be employed, but suffer from drop out and range problems
especially in highly populated areas where there are a lot of mobile communication networks and
active devices.
To set up your network configuration, so that your Gamebreaker Plus may participate in Remote
Communications, we recommend you set up the network as described in the Timeline Share section
of the SportsCode Elite Manual. We also highly recommend that unless you are experienced with
networks and network communications, you consult with your IT system coordinater or with your
Sportstec representative.
Server And Client
The key to setting up this feature is understanding the roles of the server and client as we define
them.
A Server is computer that sends commands to a client.
A Client is a computer that executes the commands sent by a server.
A computer can be both a Server and a Client to other computers. This is often the case when
mirroring code button pushes between two capture/coding computers.
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Movie Playback
IMPORTANT :Refer to the Preferences Section on Pages 7-10 of this manual for your
preferred settings for this function. It is important that your settings are correctly
configured if this function is to provide you with the optimum results.
You will use these controls more than any other in SportsCode. It is crucial that you become very
familiar with how they perform and what they do. Once the Movie has been captured, playing the
movie is easy, you can go to any part of the movie whenever you like with a click of the mouse. Just
drag the Timeline playhead and you’ll be there instantly, no need to fast forward or rewind.
The SportsCode Movie Controller
The movie controller is a “floating” toolbar which will appear whenever a movie is set up ready to
play and by default will disappear when the cursor is removed from the window or has been inactive
for 1.5 secs. It will reappear once the cursor is returned to the window The floating movie controller
may be moved to wherever you find it most convenient. You are able to access the Drawing Tools,
the Overlay Text fuction and the List of Chapters in the movie directly from the floating movie
controller.
Loop Mode
Sets the playback mode for play once (Off ) or repeat (On).
Movie Chapters List
Open this list to view a list of the chapter markers in the movie and
where they are.
Playback Rate Control
This control sets the playback speed for all
movies. Double click on the icon to reset it to the
default speed of 1x.
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Frame Fwd / Frame Rew
Hover the cursor over the bars close to and to the right of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to frame forward.
Hover the cursor over the bars close to and to the left of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to frame rewind.
Fast Fwd / Fast Rew
Hover the cursor over the bars at the extreme right of the Play/Pause
symbol on the wheel. Click to fast forward.
Hover the cursor over the bars at the extreme left of the Play/Pause symbol
on the wheel. Click to fast rewind.
Play / Pause Button
Click the Play button to play.
Click the Pause button to pause.
Speaker Volume Controller
Move the volume control slider to vary the movie sound volume. Move to
the left to decrease volume and move to the right to increase volume.
Overlay Text
Click this button to open “Overlay Text” to display the labels in each of the instances
comprising the movie.
Drawing Tools
Click this button to show or hide the Drawing Tools
Play any Movie
There are three ways to play a movie:
1.
2.
3.
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Click the Play button on the floating movie controller
Press the SPACE bar on the keyboard
Press the UP key on the keyboard
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Pause any Movie
There are three ways to pause a movie:
1.
2.
3.
Click the Pause button on the floating movie controller
Press the SPACE bar on the keyboard
Press the DOWN key on the keyboard
Go to a Specific Part of the Movie.
There are three ways to go to a specific part of the movie:
1
Drag the
playhead in the
Timeline to the
required point in
the movie.
2
Use the Fast Rewind or Fast
Forward Buttons on the
movie player control.
3
Press and hold the
COMMAND key then press
the RIGHT or LEFT ARROW
keys to move the playhead
though the movie.
Presenting Movies In Full Screen
Any movie can be presented in full screen. There are three ways to present a movie in full screen:
1.
2.
3.
Press the COMMAND+M keys on the keyboard
Click the Full Screen icon in the top right corner of the Movie window
Go to the Windows menu and select “Present Movie”
To stop presenting a movie in full screen
1.
2.
Press COMMAND + M key on the keyboard.
Press the ESC key
Movie Playback Keyboard Control
Once a movie is created or linked to a timeline, you can use many key combinations to play it at
different speeds.
t SPACE BAR plays and pauses the movie
t RIGHT ARROW moves the movie forwards frame by frame. Hold it down for continuous slow
motion movement forward.
t LEFT ARROW moves the movie backwards by frame. Hold it down for a smooth rewind action.
Also use the COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT or FN keys in conjunction with the arrows to vary the rate of
step forward/backwards. Refer to the Keyboard Shortcuts section on page
Open a Timeline with any Sportstec XML
Drag and drop any Sportstec XML to SportsCode to automatically open a SportsCode Timeline.
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Movie Playback Keyboard Control
Once a movie is created or linked to a timeline, you can use many key combinations to play it at
different speeds.
t
t
t
t
t
t
UP ARROW plays the movie.
DOWN ARROW stops the movie.
RIGHT ARROW moves the movie forwards by 1/10 sec frame by frame. Hold it down for
continuous slow motion movement forward.
LEFT ARROW moves the movie backwards by 1/10 sec frame by frame. Hold it down for a
smooth rewind action.
HOME moves the playhead to the beginning of the movie.
END moves the playhead to the end of the movie.
Pressing the modifier keys; COMMAND, SHIFT, OPTION, & CONTROL plus LEFT OR RIGHT ARROW will move the playhead
at different increasing speeds. Another way to move the playhead around is press CONTROL+L, CONTROL+K, or
CONTROL+J. CONTROL+L will play the video forward, each time it is pressed the movie will play faster. CONTROL+J
works the same way, but in reverse. CONTROL+K will pause the video.
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Creating Instance Movies
You can create an instance movie in the timeline from:
t A single instance.
t All instances in a single row chronologically.
t Selected instances across multiple rows chronologically (Merge rows).
t Sequential rows in order of row number and the selected rows (Sequential rows).
t Selection order in a single row or across multiple rows (Selection order).
Create a movie from a Single Instance
Double click on the instance in the timeline or select an instance and press the Make
movie button in the timeline tool bar.
Create a movie from all Instances in a Single Row
1.
2.
Select the row of instances by clicking on the row number.
Click on the Make movie button in the timeline tool bar. All instances in the row will play in
chronological order. Alternatively, after selecting the instances, press OPTION+COMMAND+M on
the keyboard to create the instance movie.
To make it even easier, double click on the row number and an instance movie will be created from
all the instances in the row.
To save the movie created refer to the explanation on “Saving Instance Movies” on page 90 of this
manual.
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Merge Rows, Sequential Rows, and Selection Order
There are 3 different ways to play instances across multiple rows by changing the make movie
method in the timeline. By default, Merge rows is selected. To change, click on the square button in
the upper left corner of the timeline window. Remember to press the Make movie button or use the
shortcut OPTION+COMMAND+M.
Merge Rows
Merge row creates instance movies in chronological order of
the timeline. When multiple instances are selected in different
rows, the merge rows feature will merge the instances and create
chapter markers where instances overlap.
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2.
Hold down COMMAND to select multiple rows. Select the row of instances by clicking on the
row number.
Click on the Make movie button on the timeline tool bar. The instances will play in chronological
order, alternatively use the shortcut, OPTION+COMMAND+M.
Sequential Rows
Sequential rows creates instance movies in row order of the timeline for all selected instances. When
multiple instances are selected in different rows, the sequential rows feature will start from the
lowest row number and proceed to the highest row number. All instances in each row will be played
in chronological order.
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2.
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Organize the timeline rows by dragging on the row number.
Select the Sequential rows feature in the timeline.
Hold down the COMMAND key and click on the row number to select multiple rows.
Click on the Make movie button on the timeline tool bar. The instances will play according to
their row order.
Selection Order
Selection order creates instance movies in the order that instances are selected in the timeline.
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Select the Selection order feature in the timeline.
Hold down the COMMAND key and click on the instances in the order you want them to play in
the instance movie. As each instance is selected, it is labeled with a number [1], [2], [3]...
Click on the Make movie button on the timeline tool bar. The instances will play according to
their selected order.
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Presenting Instance Movies In Full Screen
Any timeline movie or instance movie can be presented in full screen.
There are three ways to present a movie in full screen:
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2
To play the movie in full
screen presentation mode,
select the movie window,
and press the COMMAND+M
keys on the keyboard.
On the floating tool bar, click
on the Full Screen button.
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Select Windows from the
main menu bar and choose
Present movie.
This will present the movie
full screen.
Stop Presenting a Movie in Full Screen
To stop presenting a movie in full screen press the ESC key on the keyboard.
Loop Instance Playback
Looping an instance repeats it continuously
1. In the floating movie controller, select the Loop button.
2. Play the movie.
NOTE: When the looping feature is turned on, the timeline movie will loop also. If the timeline is zoomed in, it will loop
within the zoomed range.
Adjust the Movie Volume
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In the floating movie controller, click on the Volume control. Drag the control button to the
desired volume.
Use the Function keys on the keyboard to increase or decrease volume.
Resize Movie Window
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2.
Select the movie window.
Choose Reduce movie size or Increase movie size from the Windows menu in the main menu
bar, or use the shortcut keys, SHIFT+COMMAND+, or SHIFT+COMMAND+. .
Note: A timeline movie has 2 resize icons in the bottom left of the window. These can be clicked to change the movie size
also. If CONTROL is held down when these are clicked, the timeline and movie will arrange automatically.
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Displaying a Movie on an External Monitor
Presenting Movies Fullscreen
When movies are not DV format, the only way to export full screen video to a recorder, burner, or
projector/tv monitor is to use the video out port of the Apple computer. Plug in the external device
using the DVI, Mini-DVI, or Video Out port on the computer. You may need to use a convertor cable
to match the input of the external devices. With the hardware connected, follow these steps to
enable the video to be exported.
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Open the Display preferences in the System Preferences of the computer. Click on the blue apple
in the upper left corner of the screen, choose System Preferences from the menu.
Click on the Displays icon in System Preferences.
In the Display preferences, click on the detect display button. This will export the desktop to the
external device. The image will appear on the external device.
There are two ways to export using the display settings. The first is mirroring the desktop, so
that what is on the main screen of the computer is presented. There is a check box in the display
preferences that will turn mirroring off or on. The second is extended mode where a secondary
monitor is available to use as another screen for video export. The secondary display position
can be moved in relation to the primary screen in the display preferences.
If mirroring is enabled, the exact image on the computer will be displayed on the secondary
monitor. This is a common way to set this up as users tend to lose the mouse on the secondary
monitor and find it difficult to manage two monitors especially when they are not side by side. If
extending the desktop to a secondary monitor is used, an instance movie when presented in full
screen will be exported in full screen to that monitor.
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Using Instance Movies Chapter Markers
When an instance movie is created from multiple instances in a timeline, each instance in the
instance movie is marked by a chapter marker. There are two ways to jump through the chapter
markers.
1.
In the instance movie, press the TAB key
to move forward to the next chapter
marker. SHIFT+TAB moves backwards to
the previous chapter marker.
2.
Click on the chapter menu in the bottom
right corner of the instance movie. A drop
down list of chapter markings will appear.
Click on the instance you want to view.
NOTE: A similar feature is in the timeline. Select a row of instances, press CONTROL+TAB to jump to the beginning of each
instance. SHIFT+CONTROL+TAB will move to the previous instances.
Instance Movie Timer
In every instance movie window, the time can be reset to zero at the playhead location, so time in
the movie can be measured from any point.
1. Open an instance movie and move the playhead to some point
of interest in the movie past the starting point.
2. Click on the time in the upper left corner. This will reset the time
to zero and the font color will change to blue.
3. Drag the playhead or play the movie to measure a period of time
past this new zero point. The time that presented in blue is the
elapsed time from the new zero origin point.
4. Drag the playhead prior to the new time origin point and the
font color will change to red indicating negative time or the
playhead is located before the new origin.
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Manipulating Movies
Closing Movie Windows
The most basic movie operation aside from opening a movie is closing one. To close a movie
window, press the red button in its window bar. However, a more convenient way to close movies
is to use the shortcut, COMMAND+I. This shortcut closes all open instance movies instantly. When
analysing instances from the timeline, a lot of instance movies can be open at one time; clicking on
the red button to close them all can take awhile. Using this shortcut, makes this a lot quicker. This
function can be found under the Windows menu, Close all instance movies.
Movie Window Sizes and Proportions
One of the more basic manipulations of a movie is to change the size. SportsCode changes
the size based on halves of the original movie size. The change a movie window size, press
“COMMAND+SHIFT+. “ on the keyboard to increase and “COMMAND+SHIFT+, “ to decrease. The same
function can be found under the Windows menu.
To reset the movie window to its native size, choose Windows > Natural movie size menu item.
Movie proportions can be changed by using the: Movie proportions 16x9, Movie proportions 4x3
and Movie proportions - native. Using these features will either stretch or shrink the movie window
according to the movies aspect ratio. It is usually very obvious when these settings should be used. If
a movie’s aspect ratio is 16x9 and the movie window is set to 4x3, objects in the movie will appear to
be thinner that they naturally might appear to the human eye in real life. If the movie’s aspect ratio is
4x3 and the movie window is set to 16x9, objects will appear wider than they might actually appear
in realy life.
Overlay Two Movies
Using the overlay feature you can take two
instances and put them on top of each other
to analyze the differences in the movies.
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2.
Create two separate instance movies.
Choose Overlay instance movies
from the Windows menu in the
main menu bar or press the shortcut
OPTION+COMMAND+Y.
Align Two Overlaid Movies
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Create the overlaid movies as above.
Press the SHIFT+OPTION keys, click in the
movie frame and drag the top movie to
align the area of interest with that of the second (lower) movie.
When you play the movie the top and lower movies will stay in this aligned position.
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Change Transparency Level of Movie Windows
Choose Reduce transparency or Increase transparency from the Windows menu in the main menu
bar. Use the shortcut keys CONTROL+OPTION+9 or CONTROL+OPTION+0, by pressing these
repeatedly you can vary levels.
Flip an Instance Movie
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Create an instance movie.
Choose Flip movie horizontally from the Windows menu in the main menu bar. The movie frame
will be flipped horizontally, so a left handed player appears as a right handed player would.
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Stacking Instance Movies
Two or more Instance movies can be stacked in various configurations in one movie window. The
only limiting factors to how many movies can be stacked are the computer’s processing speed
and screen size. Each camera angle in the stack movie can be moved around the stack. The stack
configuration can be changed; 1x2, 2x2, 4x1, etc. Any camera angle in the stack can be zoomed but
in doing so the other movies in the stack are hidden from view.
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Open a Timeline with some coded Instances. Find three similar Instances to view and make 3
separate Instance movies from each one.
Set the playhead on each movie to a point at which all three movies will be in sync. This might
be one second prior to a particular motion or play.
With all the sync points set in each instance movie, press COMMAND+Y or choose “Stack
Instance Movies” from the Windows menu in the Main Menu bar.
A stacked movie will open up with all three Instances in a 3x1 configuration.
To change the stack movie configuration, press CONTROL+COMMAND and click in the stack
movie window. Select 1x3 or 3x1 from the pop up menu.
To move a camera angle location in the configuration, press down COMMAND and click and
drag the angle to another location in the window.
To show or hide different angles of the stack, use the clapper icons. By clicking on a clapper icon
it will hide the angle. If the clapper has an X through it, then it is already hidden, click on it again
to show it.
To make viewing angles in the stack easier and avoiding constant rewinding of the movies, there are
some playback features built in.
For an instance movie with chapter markers.
1. If the movie is playing and it is zoomed, the movie jumps back to the previous chapter marker.
2. If the movie is stopped and it is zoomed, the movie only changes views and does not jump.
For an instance movie without chapter markers or a timeline movie.
1. If the movie is playing and it is zoomed, the movie jumps back 10 seconds by default. This time
can be adjusted in the movies preference panel.
2. If the movie is stopped and it is zoomed, the movie only changes views and does not jump.
NOTE: If you wish to use this feature, we recommend using the most powerful computer that is available. When stacking
2 or more HD movies together, plan on using highly spec’d machine. Playing multiple movies simultaneously is very cpu
and hard disk use intensive.
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Stacking Timeline Movies
Multiple timelines can be stacked to create a single timeline and linked stack movie. After capturing
and coding multiple synchronous camera angles of an event, each timeline can be merged into a
single stacked timeline.
Stacking timelines merges all the coded instances in the timelines that are being stacked. If the same
rows exist in each timeline, the instances and rows will be merged into one in the new timeline.
Stacking timelines requires synchronous video. So, it is important that all captures are continuous
through the whole event. Pausing and resuming capture will cause the movies to be out of sync.
We recommend starting capture 1-2 minutes prior to the start of the event. It is also a good idea to
capture audio.
Audio is a great way to find the synchronization point of a movie. If all cameras are not pointed at the
same thing when the event starts, audio can provide solid clues to find a worthy sync point.
Stacking timelines is basically the same process as stacking instance movies.
1.
Close all windows except for the timeline and movie windows that are going to be stacked.
2.
Find the sync point in each timeline and position the playhead on each timeline to that point.
It is a good idea to move the playhead back a couple of seconds by pressing OPTION+LEFT
ARROW on each timeline after setting the sync point. This will give a little extra movie time prior
to the first event that might need to be coded.
3.
Choose File > Stack timeline movies.
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Name the file and save it. Remember to check what type of package is being created when
you save. Standalone, reference and compressed are all options. We recommend creating a
reference package first, so the results can be checked quickly. Do not delete the original movies
until you have saved it as a stand alone package.
When saving standalone packages, check the file size, stacked timelines can create some very large
files.
Show / Hide Stacked Movie View Angles
Once you have chosen movies stacked in your preferred configuration, you may choose to hide or
show selected views.
The baseline of the stack viewer will contain clapperboard and speaker icons (1 per stack view). Click
on an icon to hide it (an X will be superimposed over the icon to indicate that it has been hidden)
and click on the “X” of an icon to show that stack view
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Multiview Hotkeys
Multiview Hotkeys can be configured so the zooming can be done by pressing keys on the keyboard.
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2.
Access the Preferences for Multiview Hotkeys in the Movies panel of the Gamebreaker Plus
Preference. Choose Gamebreaker Plus > Preferences, then press the Movies Icon In The Toolbar
Tick the Multiview hotkeys tick box to turn the feature on, then set the Hotkeys for the switching.
There are 12 possible views available for zooming using Hotkeys.
t Click in the empty buttons to the right of the Movie numbers. Then press a key on the keyboard
to set the Hotkey.
When a stack movie is open and a multiview Hotkey is pressed the view will zoom. To unzoom back
to the stack view, press the Hotkey again. This can also be done by clicking on the grid icon in the
top of the movie. The movie views are numbered from left to right, top down in the grid.
Changing Stack movie view locations in the grid
Hold down COMMAND while clicking and dragging on the view. Drop the view in the approximate
location of the grid to relocate.
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Changing Stack movie grid layout.
Hold down CTRL+COMMAND and click on the Stack movie. Choose the grid layout from the popup
menu. If using a right click mouse, hold down COMMAND, then right click on the stack movie and
choose the grid layout from the popup menu.
Stack movie Playback Preferences.
Refer to the Movie Preference Window section on page 7.
For an Instance movie with Chapter Markers in a Stacked Movie View.
t If the movie is playing and it is selected. It will expand the view (zoom in) if the view is of all the
movies in the stack. It will contract the view (zoom out), if the view is of an expanded view in the
stack. The movie time will jump to the previous chapter marker at that beginning of the chapter
for both of the view options described above.
t If the movie is stopped and it is selected, (for both an expanded or contracted view), the movie
only changes view and does not jump to a chapter marker.
For an Instance movie without Chapter Markers or a Timeline movie.
Note: In the case of an Instance movie, this will be a movie made of a single instance only.
If the movie is playing and it is zoomed in or out, the playhead will jump back by the number of
seconds which have been specified in the Movie Preferences
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If the movie is stopped and it is zoomed in or out, the movie only changes view and the
playhead does not jump back 10 seconds.
Making a Movie from a Folder of Movies
SportsCode captures in a series of movie segments, each segment contains a number in the
file name: 00001, 00002, 00003, etc. This sequential numbering scheme is also used by tapeless
video cameras. So, to make generating a single movie from a series of sequentially named
movie files easy, the Make movie from a folder of movies can be used.
Place all the movie files in the same folder, the choose File > Make movie from a folder of
movies and select the folder. A reference movie will be created with all the segments together
in sequence according to the number in their file name. Save the movie as a standalone or
convert it to another format.
This feature is handy if a movie package has been corrupted or when capture has ended
unexpeditely. The movie parts can be quickly put back together to create a continuous movie.
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Editing Instance Movies
Instance movies can be edited using delete, cut, copy and paste or drag & drop features. By selecting
a segment of an instance movie, the segment can be deleted or copied and pasted into another
instance movie. NOTE: Editing instance movies does not edit the timeline.
Delete a Segment in an Instance Movie.
1.
Select a segment in the instance by holding SHIFT and clicking in the instance movie timeline at
the base of the movie viewer. A red selected portion will be drawn from the point of clicking to
the end of the instance. Click and drag either end of the red portion to fine tune your selection
Press COMMAND + X to delete it.
Copy, Cut and Paste Instance Movie Segments
When an instance movie is created from a timeline, the entire length of the movie is selected by
default. If you move the playhead in the instance movie, you will lose the selection. To reselect the
whole instance, move the playhead to the beginning, hold down SHIFT, and drag the playhead the
entire length of the instance movie.
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Open two instance movies from a timeline.
In the second instance movie, press CONTROL+COMMAND+C. This will copy the selection in
the instance movie. If the playhead was not moved, it will copy the entire length of the instance
movie. If it was moved, it will only copy the frame that is currently being displayed.
In the first instance movie, move the playhead to the end and press CONTROL+COMMAND+V.
This will paste the second instance movie segment at the end of the first instance movie.
Repeat this process to continue adding segments to the end of the instance movie.
Note: Segments can be pasted into any part of an instance movie. Position the playhead where you want the segment to
be inserted and when you copy and paste, it will be inserted at that point. You may also action the above from the Edit
Menu in the Main Menu Bar.
Drag and Drop Instance Movie Segments
Open two instance movies from a timeline.
In the instance movie you wish to copy the segment to, position the playhead at the start point of
where you wish to drop the selected segment.
In the instance movie you wish to copy the segment from, position the playhead at the point you
wish to start and then hold down the SHIFT key and drag the playhead to the end point of your
segment selection. Your selected segment will be coloured red in the time elapsed bar at the base of
the window.
Hold down the OPTION key, click on the movie then drag the movie onto the movie you wish to add
the segment to and drop it. The selected segment will be inserted at the point you dropped it.
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Include Drawing Objects in an Instance Movie
With an Instance Movie open, select instance edit, find a point to split the instance, then from
the Edit menu select “Split instance edit + new drawing row”. Draw on the clip using the drawing
window, then click the Movie button in the drawing window. Your movie clip will play, pause for the
drawing, then continue to play
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Combining Instance Movies
A simple way to combine instances in a specific order is to use the Combine instance movie feature.
This feature creates a new instance movie from all open instance movies in the order that they are
layered on the screen.
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2.
Open 2 or more instance movies in reverse order for which you want them combined. Create
the second instance first, then the first one. This will layer them correctly without having to click
on the movie windows to layer them.
Choose Windows > Combine instance movies in main menu bar. A third movie window will
open that will have both instances in the movie in the order that they were layered on the
screen.
NOTE: To add another instance to the beginning or end of the new combined movie, close the first 2 instance movies
used to create the newly combined one. Do not close the newly combined instance movie. Open another instance from
the timeline, layer it in front or behind the open combined instance movie, then choose Combine instance movies. If the
new instance was in front of the combined one, it will be added to the beginning, if it was behind, it will be added to the
end. Repeat this process to assemble a full length movie for presentation.
Saving Instance Movies
Any instance movie can be saved as a file for presentation, archive, or distribution purposes. So, after
editing a movie, you can save your work.
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4.
Click on the movie that you want to save so
that it is the front most window. When saving,
the front most window will be selected by the
software as the window to save.
Choose Save from the File menu in the
main menu bar. Alternatively, you can press
COMMAND+S.
Select the target save location and name the file.
Set the required movie format from the bottom of the save window.
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Click the Save button.
2.
Gamebreaker Plus stand-alone or MoviePlayer stand alone movie formats create files that
contain all the necessary data to view the movie independent of the original movie file. Since
stand alone movies contain all the necessary data to be played on its own, they tend to be large
files. Stand alone files are required when you wish to share the movie with other people on their
computers.
Gamebreaker Plus or MoviePlayer reference to original movie formats create reference files that
point to original movies. Reference movies are very small in size and save very fast as they do not
contain any raw video data and thus do not duplicate video data. However, the file must have access
to it’s original raw movies from which it was created. If you delete the original movie, a reference
movie will not play. Use reference movies to quickly assemble an edit, then save it as a stand alone
when you are done.
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Removing Extra Movie Tracks
There are many types of tracks inside a movie file besides video and audio. SportsCode uses
text tracks to display transcription text in the movie window. There are situations where this
data needs to be removed from the movie. To do this, open the movie and choose Edit >
Remove tracks except video and audio. All tracks not video or audio will be removed from the
movie. Save the movie after completing this operation. This cannot be undone, be careful if
the data is important such as subtitles.
Removing extra tracks can help some third party applications open SportsCode movies files
and the vice versa is true for SportsCode. So, if the movie has text appearing in unexpected
places, use the feature to clean up the movie tracks.
Multiplying Audio
If the sound track for a movie is too low or high, it is possible to increase or decrease the
track’s volume. Open the movie that needs the sound track changed, then choose Edit >
Multiply audio. A dialog will open where the percentage increase or decrease change can be
set. Setting a value above 100% will increase the volume, values below 100% will reduce the
volume. Press OK to commit the new setting and save the movie.
Drag & Drop Reference Movie Creation
By clicking and dragging on a timeline, instance, or edit instance movie window, a reference
movie can be created. The name of the reference movie is now “Movie YYYY-MM-DD HH-MM-SS.
HH.mov”. This naming makes it very handy for sorting especially if items are put in a folder and
things are added at a later date. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the movies are to be used in iMovie or
other post production applications, you must hold down OPTION when doing the drag and drop.
This strips extra movie tracks that Gamebreaker Plus uses for time, coded data for overlay and
instance notes plus drawings.
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Working with Code Rows
Move a Row
Click and drag from the row number in the timeline.
Select Multiple Rows
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2.
Press COMMAND and click on the row numbers you want to select.
To select a range of rows, select the top row of the desired range, then select the bottom row
while holding down SHIFT.
Duplicate a Row
1. Press CONTROL and click (RIGHT CLICK) on the row number you want to
duplicate.
2. Select Duplicate selected rows from the drop down menu.
Delete a Row
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2.
Press CONTROL and click (RIGHT CLICK) on the row number you want to delete.
Select Delete selected rows from the drop down menu.
Edit Code Row Names
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Press CONTROL and click (RIGHT CLICK) on the row number you want to edit.
Select Edit row from the drop down menu. This opens the row properties strip.
Type in the new name in the text area.
Use the arrow keys to move up and down rows or press ENTER to move down rows and
SHIFT+ENTER to move up rows.
Press the ESC key when changes are complete to close the strip.
Change Code Name Colors
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Press CONTROL and click (RIGHT CLICK) on the row number you want to edit.
Select Edit row from the drop down menu.
Click on the color chip to the left of the row name.
Drag into the color palette and choose a new color.
Use the arrow keys to move up and down rows or press
ENTER to move down rows and SHIFT+ENTER to move up
rows.
Press the ESC key when changes are complete to close
the strip.
Change Multiple Row Colors At The Same Time
Timeline row color can be changed for multiple rows by selecting a group of rows and selecting a
colour from the colour palette.
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Command + Click on several different rows to highlight them
Control + Click on one of those rows
Click on the color palette and select a color
All selected rows change to that color
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Add a New Blank Row to a Timeline
Choose Rows > Add row from the main menu bar. The new row will
be created below the selected row in the timeline. Alternatively, you
can press the New row icon in the timeline tool bar or press
COMMAND+N.
Create a New Row from Selected Instances using New Merged Row
Select the instances that you wish to include in a new row, press COMMAND and select the
instances one by one or click and drag in the timeline to select a group of instances. You can
also select rows of instances too. With the instances selected, click on the New merged row
icon in the timeline tool bar. Hold down the option key and click ‘New Merged Row’ to create
a row with instances without merging. If there are too many instances overlapping in a collection of
instances, then merging may still occur for this collection. Generally, where 2 instances overlap the
instance end and instance beginning points will be midway between the beginning and end points
of the overlap.
Create a Combination of Rows
1.
Choose Rows > Create new row from the main
menu bar. This opens the Add row window
where you can select 2 rows to create a new
one using different time intersection options.
Name the new row and select where in the
timeline to insert it.
Click the Combine rows radio button to form
new row.
In row A, choose the first row you want to use.
Choose the operation that will apply to the
combination of rows. The type of operation is
illustrated in the box at the left of the window.
In row B, choose the second row you want to use and click the Create row button.
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AND, OR, or NOT can be used as operators. AND
will create instances where A and B overlap. OR will
create instances from both rows combining where
overlaps occur. NOT creates instances where A does
not exist.
Create New Row Hints
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For fast alternating possession sports, code one team’s possessions, then use the NOT
operator, to create the other team’s possession row.
When you want to use more than two rows, create a new row from the first 2 rows, then
create another row from that row using it as row A and the third row as row B. Repeat this
again and again to drill down further.
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Sorting Code Rows
Rows can be sorted in a variety of ways, manual dragging up and
down being the most common. However, using name and color can
automate the process and make organizing the timeline a lot quicker.
Sort Rows by Name
Choose Rows > Sort rows by name from the main menu bar. All rows will sort by alphabetical order.
Sort Rows by Color
Choose Rows > Sort rows by color from the main menu bar. Colors are sorted in order of the palette
from left to right descending from lighter to darker. The color palette has 600 colors and each color
has an (X,Y) coordinate. White in the upper left most corner (1,20) and the darkest red in the lower
right most corner (30,1) define the sorting pattern from left to right, top to bottom.
Sort Rows by Color then by Name
Choose Rows > Sort rows by color then by name from the main menu bar. All rows will sort by color
and then within each color sort by name.
Sort Rows by Number of Instances
Choose Rows > Sort rows by number of instances from the main menu bar. All rows will sort
according to how many instances are in each row. The row with the most amount of instances will
move to the first row. The row with the second most amount of instances will move to the second
row and so on.
Sort Rows in Reverse Order
Choose Rows > Sort rows in reverse order from the main menu bar. All rows will arrange in reverse
order from top to bottom to bottom to top.
Code Button Colors and Sorting
A great way to make organizing the timeline a quick job is to consider your button colors and
how they will affect sorting. Use colors with the X coordinates from 1-30 and same Y coordinates
for similar code buttons categories. Then, use descending Y coordinates from 1-20 for grouping
different categories. The code window will look like a rainbow, but you can quickly sort the
timeline using the Sort rows by color feature. So, player action buttons might range from (1,16)
to (30,16) and team action buttons might range from (1,7) to (30,7). In this example, the player
actions will sort to the top of the timeline and the team actions will sort below them.
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Editing Instances in the Timeline
Manually Creating a New Instance
1. Highlight a row by clicking on the code row name or row number. ( If there are no code rows,
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Position the playhead at the point in the timeline where you want the instance to start or end.
Press down OPTION+COMMAND and drag the playhead in the timeline to the required end or
starting point.
Note: Using a 2 button mouse, you can hold down OPTION+COMMAND+RIGHT CLICK and drag in any row
to create an instance. Pressing CONTROL and clicking activates the right mouse click. So, you can press
CONTROL+OPTION+COMMAND and click & drag in any row to create an instance too.
Adjust the Length of an Instance
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Click and Drag
Press OPTION+COMMAND, position the mouse cursor over the beginning or
ending of an instance. When the cursor changes to arrows pointing to the
left & right, click and drag the instance to the required length.
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Instance Edit
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Select an instance in the timeline.
Choose Edit > Instance edit from the main menu bar or press CONTROL+E. A movie window will
open with left & right arrows in each of its upper corners.
Press the arrows in the direction required to lengthen or shorten the clip. The upper left arrows
will adjust the start of the instance and the upper right arrows will adjust the end. The Trim
feature can be used by pressing CTRL+T ,see below.
CTRL+I will set the start time for the selected instance according to the location of the playhead
in the edit instance movie window.
CTRL+O will set the end time for the selected instance according to the location of the playhead
in the edit instance movie window.
CTRL+T will set either the start time or the end time according to the location of the playhead.
If the playhead is before the midpoint of the clip, pressing CTRL+T will set the start time. If the
playhead is after the midpoint of the clip, pressing CTRL+T will set the end time.
SHIFT+CTRL+I will subtract 0.5 seconds from the start time of the instance. (Subtracting makes
the start time earlier, thus making the instance longer)
SHIFT+CTRL+O will add 0.5 seconds to the end time of the instance, making the instance longer.
6. SHIFT+CTRL+T will subtract 0.5 seconds from the start time if the playhead is closer to the
start of the instance. If the playhead is closer to the end time, 0.5 seconds will be added to the
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The trim feature can be used to quickly adjust start and end times for a row of existing instances.
It is a sequential process: trim start > end > start > end > start and so on. The process starts by
setting the first point, if the playhead is set before the midpoint of the instance, it will begin by
adjusting the start time to the playhead location. When it is set beyond the midpoint it will adjust
the end time. Once the adjustment is made, it will jump to the end time of the selected instance
or the start of the next instance.
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Highlight the instance and position the playhead to the required start time of the instance,
not beyond the midpoint or the end point will be trimmed.
Press CONTROL+T, the start time will be adjusted and the playhead will jump to the end
time of the instance.
Position the playhead to where the adjustment of the end point should be made and press
CONTROL +T. The playhead will jump to the next instance in the row.
Position the playhead for the new start time and press CONTROL+T. The playhead will jump
to the end of the instance. Repeat, until all adjustments are made.
Instance Adjustments
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Select an instance or range of instances by clicking and dragging over the instances in the
timeline.
Select Edit > Instance adjustments... from the
main menu bar.
Input the time in seconds for the amount to be
adjusted.
Select whether the time will be added or
subtracted from the instance marks.
Check the mark in or mark out check boxes to apply the adjustments to one or both.
Click the adjust button.
Note: If you make a mistake, simply make the opposite adjustment. If you added 3 seconds to the mark in time of an
instance, change the add to a subtract and adjust it back. Adjustments can be made up to hundredths of seconds, so
this can make some very finite adjustments to an instance, hardly possible with a mouse.
Delete an Instance
Highlight the instance by clicking on it, then press the DELETE key.
Copy an Instance from One Row to Another
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Press OPTION and click & drag on the instance you want to copy.
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Move an Instance from One Row to Another
1. Press OPTION and click & drag on the instance you want to copy.
2. Drag it to the new row.
Delete the original instance by selecting it and pressing the DELETE key.
Instance Splitting
An instance in the timeline can split at the playhead intersection by dragging the playhead to point
that the instance should be split into two, then choosing Edit > Instance split
Combining Timelines
Two or more timelines can be combined back to back, so analysis over multiple movies can be
performed very quickly. The combine timeline process creates a reference package. A reference
package takes up very little space, but remember do not delete the original movies until the project
is finished or saved as a stand alone package.
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Choose Combine timeline movies from the
File menu in the main menu bar.
Locate the timelines you want to combine.
Select and add each one in the order you
want them to appear into the new timeline.
With all the timelines added, press the
Combine button.
Name the file and save.
Databasing Instances
Databasing provides an easy method to group specific coded instances into one timeline.
Gamebreaker Plus creates stand alone databases that hold all the code information and video data
for each instance that is exported to it. Databases are a great way to keep only the information
that you code. A neat way to use databases is to create one for each player, as a season progresses,
highlights can be exported into their personal database. By the end of the season, each player has a
highlight reel already made and ready for a dvd.
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Create a new empty database by choosing Database from the File > New menu in the main
menu bar.
Name the database and save it.
Open a timeline with the instances you want to export. Select all the instances to be
exported, then press the database button in the timeline tool bar.
Target the database to export to, and hit the Export to button.
Open a second timeline, select instances, and export them into the same database. These
instances will append to the database. Continue this process until complete.
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The Find Window
The Find Window provides the capacity to search for metadata in any open window, a folder on
the hard drive containing SportsCode files or across a network to a shared location. When used
effectively the Find Window will save countless amounts of time plus improve the analysis process
when creating video based reports across extensive longitudinal data.
Find can be accessed by choosing Edit > Find in the main menu.
Advanced Search
There are 3 search modes in the Find window: Instances, Text, and Find and Replace. These modes
apply to specfic file types. Instances mode is designed to search for codes, labels, and transcription
text in timelines, sorter windows or movie organisers. Text mode is designed to search through
transcription and statistical windows. And Find and Replace works across all file types.
The Find window will open in Instances mode by default. This will likely be the most common mode
used. Instances and Text modes work very similar in the way in which the search criteria is setup.
Find and Replace work with direct text input while allowing specific windows to run against to be
toggled on or off.
The following sub-sections will cover using the Find window in Instances mode. Following subsections will specifically describe the alternate features in the other modes.
Where to search
The Find window can be targeted to search in specific windows or groups of windows. The search
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area target by default is the front window. This means the timeline, sorter window or movie
organiser that is the top window, no other windows will be searched. Using the all open windows,
will target all open windows and return anything found in these windows. The front timeline and all
open timelines options will only search in timeline windows specfically.
When selecting all timelines in folder, the target folder that contains the timelines must be set. Click
on the following drop down option to choose the folder
The ability to search across particular folders is incredibly powerful for analysis as it makes
conducting longitudinal queries very easy.
Note: When searching across all timelines in a folder, the timelines are then opened behind the Find
window based upon your search results. This search option can take a long time if there are hundreds of
timelines to search.
Establishing Search Criteria
Once the search target has been determined the next step is establish the search criteria
Establishing searching criteria for a label is created using the following steps:
1. Select Any, All or None from the drop down menu. If “Any” is chosen, each row with criteria set will
return the found instances. When “All” is chosen, only instances that meet all rows of criteria
combined will be returned. “None” will return any instances that do not match the criteria.
2. The data type that can be searched is Codes. I
3. Establish the operator of the search criteria by selecting from the following drop down menu. As it
relates to codes, these options mean :
Is will return codes that contain the exact characters inputted in the search string.
Is not will return codes that do not contain the exact characters inputted in the search string.
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Contains will return the codes that have the search string in their names.
Does not contain will return codes that do not have the search string in their names.
Begins with will return codes that have the search string in the beginning of their name.
Ends with will return codes that have the search string in the ending of their name.
4. Input a search string. This is usually the code name or part of the code name. A string is made up
of any amount of characters including puncuation and other character types.
5.The last item to set is in the Search Options section below the rows of the criteria. These options
apply to all search strings that was inputted in the rows of criteria.
Ignore case will ignore capitalization. So, Bob will be considered the same as bob.
Ignore white space will ignore spaces between characters. So, Bob Jumped will be same as
BobJumped.
Use wildcards, this is a method of pattern seaching. If there were a certain amount of code names
that started with B, an asterisk could be used to find these by using B* as the search string.
Trim whitespace will ignore spaces after names. This is helpful if names were inputted strangely.
Only search selected categories will search only selected code rows in a timeline.
6. With the criteria in place, press the Search button
in the Find window toolbar. If any
instances are found, the results will be displayed in the lower portion of the window with a count of
the found instances at the very bottom of the window. Click on the disclosure triangle to reveal all
the found instances.
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Making Movies From Found Instances
After a successful search, the results can be made into movies by selecting the Make Movie icon or
by double clicking in the search results list that is displayed.
Databasing Found Instances
Searches results can be databased by selecting the instances in the results and clicking on the
database icon found in the toolbar.
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Find And Replace
The find and replace mode works as most find and replace features work in any word processing
software. A string of text is chosen to find, then another is chosen to replace the found text. This
window can help to replace misspelled text, change button names in the code window or change
scripts in the statistical window. It covers all windows.
When making replacments to text, it is very important to be careful. Make sure to validate what is
being replaced before it is replaced. We recommend following this usage pattern: Add the string to
be searched for in the Find text input box, click on the search button in the toolbar and check the
results in the bottom of the window, then click on the replace button.
Note: Sometimes a replacement is made and it is impossible to go back. For instance, if “this” is changed
to “that”, it cannot be changed back because all the existing “that”’s this will be changed to “this”’s.
The find and replacement strings can be swapped around by clicking on the
button. Again,
be careful doing this as a lot more items could be changed than were originally intended.
It is very easy to replace something in the wrong window, so it is also suggested to choose the exact
window and data type in the search options. Untick or tick the specific items.
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Recent and Saved Searches
While searching timelines and other windows, every time a search is done, the criteria is saved in the
Searches column on the left of the window. Any search can be easily referenced by clicking on the
date-time row in Recent Searches section.
Note: If the list is not in view, click on the disclosure triangle to the left of the Recent Searches text.
When the date-time row is clicked on, the criteria will be loaded and the search can be done again.
This does not load previously found data, only the criteria used in the search. This can be saved by
clicking on the save button at the end of the Search mode selection row, the criteria will then be
saved in the Saved Searches list. The saved search will be given a default name of Saved Search. To
rename the search, double click on the name and input the new name.
Search criteria can be saved directly to be used again in the future. This is especially helpful when
creating complicated searches. By clicking on the save button at the end of the Search mode
selection row, the criteria will be saved in the Saved Searches list. Just as stated above, the saved
search will be given a default name of Saved Search. To rename the search, double click on the name
and input the new name.
A saved search is saved in the search mode context. So, when a find and replace search is saved, and
it is selected in the Saved Searches list, the mode will be switched to find and replace. The mode is
represented by the Instance mode, Text mode or Find and Replace mode icon.
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Instance Notes
Notes can be added directly to an instance in the timeline. Instance notes are designed to add
information that speaks to those viewing the movie or as a method to record special information
regarding the instance. The instance note will appear in the text track at the bottom of an instance
movie when instance notes is checked in the timeline tool bar.
Adding an instance note
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Select the instance in the timeline to add text to in the
timeline.
Open the Edit Instance Note window by pressing on
the Note button in the timeline tool bar.
Add the text in the Edit Instance Note window. When all the
text is added, click on the red button to close the window and
save the note.
The Edit Instance Note window can be left open to easily add notes to an instance. Select any
instance and the Edit Instance Note window will change to that instance. The text will be saved in
the instance when the next instance is selected after adding the text. This makes adding notes a
quick job and saves on mouse clicks.
Viewing instance notes in a movie
Enable instance notes in the timeline by checking the
instance notes check box.
When a movie is made from instances in the timeline,
a text track will appear at the bottom of the movie
window.
Setting the amount of lines of notes displayed
Click on the lines drop down menu in the timeline tool bar. Select the amount of lines of text that
will appear in the movie at the bottom of movies. If there is a lot of text that is required to display, set
this to match the lines required to display the text. Otherwise, the instance note text will scroll the
length of the movie.
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Gamebreaker Plus Drawing Window
IMPORTANT :Refer to the Preferences Section on Page 14 of this manual for your
preferred settings for this function. It is important that your settings are correctly
configured if this function is to provide you with the optimum results.
This window is created by choosing File > New > Drawing Window. The drawing tools can be used in
a Drawing Window, Timeline and Instance Movies. The drawing window will open as a “whiteboard”
in the case of the first option, and in the movie window in the second option.The drawing tools can
be used in a Drawing Window, Timeline and Instance Movies.
When the window appears, the floating drawing toolbar appears in its last location or if never
opened it will be on left edge of the window. This floating toolbar disappears after 2 seconds when
the window is not the front-most window or when the mouse is not hovering over the window or a
movie window.
The Floating Drawing Toolbar
The floating toolbar contains the mode button an Inspector button and tools for creating drawing
objects. The Toolbar “floats” in that when displayed, it can be moved to anywhere in your screen as
well as being hidden. Each drawing tool button in the control has 3 states: Not Selected, Selected,
and Locked. Only one tool can be active at any one time.
Not Selected is when the tool icon is coloured grey.
Selected shows the tool graphic in blue with a grey background. Once clicked on, the
tool can be used once then the control returns to the selector tool.
Locked state requires 2 clicks on the button and the tool will remain active until
another tool is selected. This allows for continuous drawing using the same tool. (The
selector tool is always locked when selected.)
Drawing Tools
Select the tool you wish to use by clicking on it once. The tool selected will be lit
with a blue background. To activate the tool click on the movie zone and drag the
cursor. Activate the Inspector for that tool to change the properties from the default.
SportsCode stores any amended Inspector properties as a new default setting. A
tool is deactivated as soon as you discontinue dragging the cursor. SportsCode will
automatically return to the Selection tool (cursor) when the tool is deactivated.
Telestration Mode
Any drawing object placed in the window when this mode is active will not
be saved and will disappear as soon as the window frame is advanced.
The Selection Tool
Use the Selection tool to move the position of drawing objects, to vary the size, or to select
1 or more drawing objects in the view.
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The Inspector Button
The Inspector tool assigns Behaviour and Appearance properties to Objects
The Straight Line Tool
The Straight Line tool allows you to draw a straight line. You may reposition a straight line
drawn, and reposition either end of the line by using the Selection tool.
The Freehand Tool
The Freehand tool provides you with the ability to draw freehand objects. Objects drawn
with this tool will be fixed as to what was drawn once the tool has been deactivated. You
may manipulate the position and overall dimensions by using the Selection tool.
The Shape Tools
The Shape tool allows you to draw up to 3 varying shapes. Use the Inspector function to
choose the shape of the default and to vary the shape of an existing Shape object.
The rectangle tool draws a four sided rectangle shape where opposite sides are parallel
and the corners are square.
The ellipse tool draws an ellipse. When SHIFT is held down a circle can be drawn.
The rounded rectangle tool draws a four sided rectangle shape where opposite sides are
parallel and the corners are round. There is a handle in upper left corner of the shape to change the
roundness of the corners.
The Text Tool
The text tool creates a text box where text can be inputted. The large button below the
text “Text Attributes” opens the standard font inspector to allow the user to change the
font size, etc. There are also 4 standard text alignment features (Align left, Align Middle,
Align Right and Justify). Type the text in the text box. You may change the dimensions of
the Textbox by using the Selection Tool to drag a corner to your required size
To edit the text, double click on the text using the selection tool.
Angle Measurement Tool
The Angle Measurement tool acts initially as a freehand tool to allow you to draw 2 lines
and then display the internal and external angles between the 2 lines from their point of
intersection. Use the Selection tool to reposition the extremity points of each line and also
the intersection point.
Line Measurement Tool
By using known distances in a frame of video, you can accurately measure other distances
relative to a known distance. You can use the known distance to set the relative scale of
the measuring tool. By default the line drawn will be divided into 4 equal sections. For
greater accuracy it is recommended that you select landmark points in the horizontal
plane (x-axis) and in vertical plane (the y-axis) as close as possible in the view you wish to measure.
Double click on the measurement displayed and replace it with your known measurement for
the distance between the 2 points. (NOTE: If you wish to include a unit measure eg. Metre or ft
etc. you must place a space between your numeral(s) and the alphameric text.) This will set your
measurement scale. Using the Selection tool, reposition the extremity points of the measure to
where you want to measure the distance from and to. The measure will display the distance as
determined by the scale you had set.
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Drawing Window Menu Bar
Make Movie
Select this button to make a movie of your drawing window to insert into the Matrix or
Movie Organiser.
Clip Duration
Specify the duration (3 seconds by default) of the drawing window.
Show or Hide the Drawing Toolbar
Click this button in the Menu Bar to display or hide the Toolbar.
Drawing Inspector
Open the Inspector for the drawing object highlighted.
Settings
The window’s canvas (white area below the menu bar) is created using, (by default) the
dimensions of the front-most movie. This may be varied by selecting the Settings icon. This
ensures that when the drawing is made into a movie that its dimensions match those of the
movie for which it will be likely combined, or it will match the movie dimensions when sent to the
Movie Organizer or Sorter windows.
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Inspector with Drawing Tools
The Inspector tool assigns Behaviour and Appearance properties to Objects
Click on the drawing object to highlight it , then select the Inspector button in the menu bar. The
Inspector Panel will open.
For all drawing tools, you are able to specify for what duration the highlighted object will be visible.
This is effected in the “Appearance Time” section at the base of the Inspector Panel.
For the Line Tool, the Freehand Tool and the Shape Tools you are able to vary the following
attributes
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Fill
Stroke type
Stroke width
Stroke color
Geometry
For the Line Tool and Freehand Tool you are also able to choose a shape for the end(s) of the line.
For the Text Tool, the Angle Tool and the Ruler Tool, you are able to choose from the following Text
Attributes :
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Text color
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Text geometry / bias
For the Angle Tool and the Ruler Tool you are also able to vary the Stroke Attributes listed above.
Export the Movie incuding Drawings
When you have a movie clip on which you have included drawing objects, choose File > Export > Movies > Convert Movie
In the Save panel ensure you check the “Include drawings” box
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Create a Movie incorporating the Drawing Window
To create movies incorporating pictures of your analysis use the drawing window. The drawing
window is able to create movies that can be combined with other instances.
1. Open up an instance by double clicking on it. Stop the instance movie at the point where you
want to make a coaching note with drawing and text. (We shall call this “the original instance
window”)
2. Select “File> New> Drawing Window” from the Main Menu bar. A blank drawing window will open.
Copy and paste the still frame from the original instance window across to the drawing window.
(apple/command + c for copy and apple/command + v for paste).
3. Draw on the drawing window using tools. The arrow
icon on the drawing toolbar will take you back to a cursor
in order to move things around or make other selections.
Hint: to make text stand out, put a square or rectangle on
the page first and then write in an opposite colour on top.
4. Constrain the movie for as long as you’d like to freeze
the frame and then hit movie icon to make movie
Note: it will ask you to save the movie created. Click save
to get to the next step but you don’t need to keep this
after the whole drawing movie has been created.
5. When the movie pops up, hold down shift and drag the bottom hour-glass shaped cursor all the
way along. The darkened background indicates the whole movie is selected.
6. Click and hold on the movie and drag it back into the original instance window. This is called
drag and drop editing and indicated by a pixelated frame. The original frame will now also have a
darkened section within it’s timeline
7. File> Save as> Format: Movie Player Standalone movie (on desktop). The movie is now ready to be
distributed or presented in a Quicktime movie format (on either Mac or PC).
Creating Title Movies
The drawing window is great for creating title movies that you can paste in front of an instance
movie. This lets the viewing audience know what is coming up and helps keep them focused on
the subject of the presentation.
Create a folder called Titles. Open a drawing window, paste your logo in the window, set the
background color, add some drawing objects and color them to match your scheme. Add some
large bold text in the middle of the window and save the drawing in the Titles folder.
Edit the bold text to match the subject of the instance movie, this might be the row name. Then,
create the movie and save it in the Titles folder with the name of the bold text. Repeat this
process for all the categories of instance movies you will be presenting. Since it is very common
that you will need to use these titles over and over, they are now created and saved in the Titles
folder for future use.
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Create a Key Frame Output
It is sometimes necessary to find the middle frame of an instance for timing purposes and analysis
of an action. If you want to analyze these key frames and use them in another application, or print
them for a profile folder, first locate the instances which contain the key frames of interest. Then
choose Key frames from the Analysis menu in the main menu bar.
The Key frames will be copied to the Output Window. You can now drag a box around the picture
and copy it to the clipboard, from there you can paste it into another application or print it.
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Instance Monitor
The Instance monitor allows you to see the contents of an instance at a glance in a filmstrip style. You
can select the number of frames to display as well as the frame size in relation to the original movie.
Use the Instance Monitor
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Choose Instance Monitor from the Analysis > Measurement menu in the main menu bar.
2.
This will open the monitor with grey frames because it is not linked to an instance. To display
the required frames of an instance, click on the instance that you want to view, and select the
size and the number of frames you wish to display.
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To view instances in a row, select the row of interest so all instances are highlighted, position the
playhead where you want to start viewing, press CONTROL+TAB key to move from instance to
instance. You can move in reverse by pressing SHIFT+CONTROL+TAB.
Mac OS X Snapshot Features
Here are some shortcuts built in Mac OS X for creating snapshots of the screen or specific
windows.
SHIFT+COMMAND+3 will save a picture of the screen to the desktop.
SHIFT+CONTROL+COMMAND+3 will turn the mouse cursor into cross hairs where you can click
and drag a selector on the image you want to take a snapshot of. It saves the image as picture on
the desktop.
SHIFT+COMMAND+4 will save a picture of the screen to memory, so it can be pasted into
another open window.
SHIFT+CONTROL+COMMAND+4 will turn the mouse cursor into cross hairs where you can click
and drag a selector on the image you want to take a snapshot of. It saves the image to memory,
so it can be pasted into another open window.
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Using a Remote Control
The Commando Pro USB remote control and the Apple Remote can be used in various ways. These
peripheral products are great tools for the locker room or boardroom presentations of coded video.
Each of these remotes can be customized in the software preferences.
Each button on the remote can be assigned a movie, drawing tool, or code button hot key function.
Click on the button type drop down and select from Code, Movie, or Drawing button.
Code buttons can be assigned to match hot keys in a code window. When the code window is open
and in code mode, the button can be pressed on the remote and it will push that button in the code
window.
Movie buttons are the various playback features of the software that can be
performed in a movie window using the keyboard shortcuts.
Drawing buttons will enable different drawing tools in the drawing tool bar.
This is very handy when presenting in full screen.
NOTE: The Commando Remote must be plugged in prior to launching the software and should not be unplugged until
after the software is quit.
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Converting Movies
Any movie can be converted to another format using the convert movies feature in this software. If
Gamebreaker Plus can view the file, it can be converted in some way to another format using this
system.
The common formats for captured movies is DV, HDV, Apple Intermediate. These formats create very
large files, approximately 15GB - 20GB of hard disc storage per hour of video. These files will fill up an
internal hard disk very quickly. To save space, we recommend converting the files into an alternate
format. Follow these instructions for a simple and fast method of converting any movie to a H.264
format that is suitable for coding, editing, analysis, and presentation.
NOTE: Converting is commonly referred to as compressing since the purpose in most cases is to reduce (compress) the size
of the file. Converting the movie creates a stand alone movie.
1.
Open an instance movie from a timeline that
has video linked to it.
2.
Choose File > Export > Movies > Convert
movie... in the main menu bar. This opens the
Save exported file as... window where you can
set-up all the options for the conversion.
3.
Choose Movie to Quicktime Movie from the
Export drop down menu in the window. Then,
press the Options button to configure the
specific movie conversion settings. The Movie
Settings window will open and the Video,
Audio, and Internet settings can be changed.
4.
In the Video area of the Movie Settings
window, click on the Settings button. The
Standard Video Compressor Settings window
will open. In this window, configure the
following:
Compression Type = H.264
Frame Rate = Current
Key Frames = Every 5
Frame Reordering = Selected
Data Rate = Restrict to 3600
Encoding = Faster encode (Single-pass)
NOTE: Frame rate will be the same as the original. Every 5 frames will be a key frame which converts a file that can be
easily edited.
Click OK to save the settings.
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Next, configure the Audio settings.
5.
In the Audio area of the Movie Settings window,
click on the Settings button. This will open the
Sound Settings window.
6.
Set the Format to MPEG-4 Audio, the Channels to
Mono the Rate to 44,100khz.
NOTE: These audio settings will create less than CD quality audio
track in the converted movie. If audio is not important, uncheck this
option in the Movie Settings window and no audio will be exported.
This will make the resulting file smaller, but when compared to
video tracks, audio tracks are extremely small in size. So, in the long
run, not choosing to use audio saves negligible hard disk space.
7.
The last area in the Movie Settings window are
the internet streaming options. If you are going to
use the movie to stream from a file server on the
internet, then you should select the appropriate
settings as defined by the host of the server.
For this example, uncheck Prepare for Internet
Streaming options. For general use these settings
should be turned off.
8.
With the Video and Audio check boxes checked
and the Prepare for Internet Streaming unchecked
click the OK button in the Movie Settings window.
9.
In the Save exported file as window, type in a name
and target location to export the file.
10. Click OK to start the conversion process.
In the save dialog, there is an option “Include overlay
text”, selecting this option will “burn” the overlay text
information into the movie. There is also an option
“Place export inside a movie package”, if the selected
movie is a timeline movie, this option will create a new
package once the conversion is complete.
After the conversion is complete, these settings will be
saved as the default settings. So, in most cases, they do
not need to be set up again.
Permanent custom options in the movie format drop
down menu can be configured for individual users. Contact Sportstec for help doing do this.
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This movie conversion example is very basic and does not fully explore all the options that are
available. This is a very complex topic and for the purposes of this manual, we will not offer an
explanation for every compressor and its various options.
Using the settings described, you will likely find varying results over time. Some movies will be
smaller in file size even though they are similar in length. Other times you will see quality differences
in two similar movies. Because each movie is different in shot, composition and length, you will
have varying results when translated by the compressor’s algorithm automatic settings. But using
automatic settings is a good way to start understanding how to convert movies.
Here are a few tips to experiment and find what will work for you best for your particular purpose.
1.
Use a short instance to experiment with different settings. Waiting for long conversions is
tedious and you will not always get the desired results.
2.
Set the frame size of the instance movie first. Gamebreaker Plus will use the instance movies
window size for the conversion size. The frame size has a great impact on the conversion time.
So, experiment with various sizes.
3.
If file size is most important, try setting manual data rates. This will guarantee the file size
and forces the conversion to use the same amount of data per frame. Start with 6400 kbps.
Automatic settings will find the best data rate which can vary greatly from movie to movie.
4.
Try using different compressors. Use H.264 or MPEG-4 to convert a small clip and compare the
results. Some compressors are better for different types of video. H.264 and MPEG-4 are popular
compressors, so sharing these formats will be compatible with any system running Quicktime
7.0 or greater.
5.
Adjusting the key frame intervals can make a big difference when video quality and size are
concerned. Try setting the keyframes to 25 instead of all or 1 frame. Key frame settings greater
than one every frame creates movies that will not be suitable for coding, editing, and slow
motion analysis. Spreading out the key frame intervals, is recommended when the video will be
distributed for playback only via internet or email.
6.
Video acquisition is probably the most important aspect to converting movies. If the video is
poor quality to begin with, converting it will not make it better. Try to get the best copy of the
video possible or get proper training on how to use your camera. Fast panning or zooming can
cause conversion results to look very pixilated. To achieve the best results, avoid quick camera
motions.
Drag and Drop Reference Movies
A quick and easy way to create reference movies for batch converting is to drag from the video in
the movie window and drop onto the desktop. This will create a reference movie on the desktop
with a time and date stamp included in the name. As you drag and drop, rename the movies, so
you don’t forget what video is in each one. Remember to select the segment of the movie in the
instance movie timeline for which you want to create a movie clipping.
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Convert Movie Package
A movie package can be easily converted to another format using this feature. The feature creates a
copy of the package with the timeline file included, converts all the movie parts in package into the
new format, creates a new reference movie for the timeline based on the newly formatted files and
links this movie to the timeline.
To use this feature, choose File > Export > Movies > Convert movie package... and set the desired
compression settings and location for the new pacakge. An additional option to this, is to have the
process create a single movie once the export is complete. This will create a single file from all the
movie parts inside the package. It is recommended to do this as it makes the package void of file
references. A definite plus in terms of file portability, plus it allows the file to be extracted from the
package and directly uploaded to Sportstec Stream or used more easily in some other workflow.
When the options are set and the Save button is pressed, the export movie window will appear.
Each movie part in the package will be converted until all are converted. The extra compression will
continue converting all the parts in the package until it is finished or the application is quitted. If the
application is quitted while there are still movie parts left to convert it will start up again when the
original movie package is opened again. Once the extra export is complete, a movie package with
same name plus extra will be found in the same folder as the original capture.
An export can be paused, cancelled or deleted anytime. To pause press the pause icon in the row to
the right of the progress bar. To cancel press the x icon to the right of the progress bar. To delete a
row in the queue, select the row and press DELETE on the keyboard.
The export window supports multiple items in the list. It is based on a first in first out queuing
system. To add more items to the queue during capture, say for converting multiple packages over
night, open a timeline package, select the timeline window, then choose File > Export > Timeline as
new codec..., select the movie format and destination and add it to the queue. All items in the queue
will be handled when the previous item above it in the queue is completed. This is especially useful
for archiving and hard disk space saving purposes.
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Exporting Data Files
Timeline data can be easily exported and used in other applications such as Excel and Final Cut Pro.
Export an Edit List
An edit list generates a complete list of events in play order. It creates a tab delimited file that is
easy to manipulate in a spreadsheet editor like Excel. Using the edit list data, graphs, functions and
macros can create some very informative reports.
The export is simple to perform. Open a timeline and choose File > Export > Edit list... The file that is
exported will likely have an excel icon and can be opened by Excel immediately. Since this is a tab
delimited file, it can also be opened by many simple text editors or can be used as a data source for
other workflows.
The export will appear like this in Excel.
For more information, see the Import section of this manual. There is a more in depth explanation of
the data structure of the file. Also, see the Export Preferences section, this file type can be exported
during capture and coding.
Export an XML Edit List
Like the Edit List, the XML edit list generates a list of events in play order, but in an XML structure.
The XML edit list is generally used for transferring timeline information from timeline to timeline.
However, since it is common file structure, it can be used in hundreds of ways.
To export an XML edit list, open a timeline with coded data and choose File > Export > XML Edit list...
The file will contain all the descriptions of the instances including: start and end times, row names
and colors, label groupings, text labels, and instance notes. A file will look this in a simple test editor.
<file>
<ALL_INSTANCES>
<instance>
<ID>1</ID>
<start>279.5398520953</start>
<end>616.7625308135</end>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<label>
<text>Great Work</text>
</label>
<label>
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<group>Effort</group>
<text>Solid</text>
</label>
<free_text>Excellent example of good footwork.</free_text>
</instance>
</ALL_INSTANCES>
<ROWS>
<row>
<code>Alexis Proctor</code>
<R>64083</R>
<G>65535</G>
<B>23454</B>
</row>
</ROWS>
</file>
For more information, see the Import section of this manual. There is a more in depth explanation of
the data structure of the file. Also, see the Export Preferences section, this file type can be exported
during capture and coding.
Export an Instance Frequency Report
While one of the most basic exports, the instance frequency is a very effective gauge for finding
percentages and overall lengths of coded instance rows. It also shows instance count and calculates
mean time. The export can be quickly viewed in an Output window or saved to an Excel file. The
following is a good example on how to use this export.
1. Import some GPSports data into a timeline. (See GPSports Import on page 63 for more information
on this import process)
2. Select the range of speed rows for the athlete.
3. Choose File > Export > Instance Frequency...
4. Set the Summary statistics panel to use Selected rows and to send output to Output window.
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5. The results show a quick summary of the athletes speed rows from the timeline. This export while
very simple is really quite powerful if the instances are accurately coded.
Frequency Reports
This feature allows you to view:
t
t
t
t
the number of times each Timeline code was used in the performance.
how much time those actions took.
the percentage of the total performance time those actions took.
the mean time for each action.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Choose Frequency from the Analysis menu
in the main menu bar.
In the Summary statistics window, select
either All rows or Selected rows. If you
want to analyze selected codes, make
sure you have preselected the rows in the
timeline before you start.
Select the destination for the information
in Send output radio buttons, to the
Output Window or to an Excel File.
Click OK.
Export a CSV Timecode Log
This export generates a CSV file that contains the time of day start and end times plus code name,
labels and instance notes for the selected instances in a timeline.
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Export a Code Report for Sportstec Player
Code Reports may be exported from the Timeline.
You create a file of instances from the Timeline in the same manner as you create Instance
Movies. You can select entire Rows or select instances in Rows, (Refer to the section on
page 107), but instead of clicking on the Make Movie icon, you click the Report icon.
Give your Report package a name
and nominate your preferred storage
location. You also need to ensure that
you output your package in a format
which is able to be viewed by the iPad.
Any H.264 format will suffice, but you
will see in the dropdown menu that we have provided a number of preset formats for the Sportstec
Player app as well.
There is also an option to choose the background colour for the report. Code Row colours will colour
the instances you have chosen, so you may choose a background colour to ensure your code report
is easy to read. The movie will be exported as a .codereport package.
When the Code Report is viewed by Sportstec Player, the Report View screen will display the Row
Names with a number representing the number of Instances/Events that have been selected from
this Row.
Sportstec Player is an App for the iPad which plays movies which have been exported from
SportsCode as .codereport files. Sportstec Player puts the power of SportsCode vision directly in the
palm of your players - enabling your athletes to review their clips, playbooks and statistics anytime,
anywhere!
Used in combination with Sportstec’s Command Centre, Sportstec Player amplifies your analysis and
enhances the learning of both individuals and teams. The perfect tool for the Analyst that wants to
share important statistics, clips, moments and learnings and quickly distribute SportsCode content
to multiple devices.
The portability of the iPad solution enables this to be done simply and allows athletes to learn and
engage at their own pace
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Direct Movie Exports
Beyond the standard convert movie export, there are 5 direct movie export features found in the
File > Export > Movies menu. To export a movie using one of these options, create an instance movie
and select the export from the menu. The export will automatically take place. Each of these direct
exports do not have any customizable options.
Convert iPhone movie into iTunes
This export converts the instance movie to an iPod ready format and sends it to the iTunes library.
Depending on the iTunes preferences, it could be added to the library or be copied into the library.
Selected instances in each Timeline row as an iPod movie to iTunes
Upon export, each row will be exported as an individual movie with the selected instances in time
sequence, selection order cannot be used. The movie name will be the row name. Once the export is
complete the movies are sent to the iTunes library.
A trick to using this feature, is to duplicate rows and change their names, the movie will take the
name of row and will appear nicely organized in iTunes. Another clever way of using this feature is to
make new timeline rows from label columns in the matrix.
Convert Apple TV Movie to Desktop
If you use an Apple TV device, this export will create an Apple TV ready file that can be synchronized
to the device. When chosen, the file will be automatically exported to the desktop. This export also
produces very high quality video.
Convert Selected Instances by Row to iPhone Movie into iTunes
This feature exports selected instances from a timeline and imports them into iTunes. The movie
names are: CODE_ID#_ LABELS.mov. The file name can be no longer than 255, so some labels will be
cut off.
Selected Timeline instances
This feature exports the selected timeline instances with options to save them as standalone or
reference movie. There are also options for creating single movies per instance or single movies per
row.
Text Window
The text window is a simple text editor. It is commonly used as a notepad or paste board. A clever
way to use the window is as a paste board. Movie frames can be copied from an instance movie and
pasted in this window where they can be collected, then later pasted into another application like
Word. The text window can be saved just like any other text document
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